Royals' rotation stepping things up as spring season enters final week
MAR 29, 8:18p ET | Matthew DeFranks
Rotowire: Mar 11 / 9:05a ET
News: The Royals seem to be wavering in their plans to sit Perez every fifth day in 2015, the Kansas City Star's Andy McCullough reports.
Impact: The plan to use Erik Kratz as a personal catcher for one member of the rotation has been scrapped, and when asked how he planned to rest Perez relative to his absurd workload in 2014, manager Ned Yost said, "We'll figure it out." It remains to be seen how Kansas City will handle Perez this season after stating earlier in camp that he would see a reduced workload. While it may seem nice for his counting stats to have him lead the major leagues in games started by a catcher, it also resulted in Perez's effectiveness taking a major hit in the second half last year, so it is a double-edged sword.
Rotowire: Feb 24 / 2:40p ET
News: Perez is in line to see his workload reduced in 2015, FOX Sports reports.
Impact: Perez set MLB records in both games caught and total innings last season, numbers that can be at least partially attributed to the team's surprising World Series run. His high usage is exactly what made Perez a valuable fantasy catcher, as rare days off allow owners to keep him in their lineup most days, something that is especially useful in leagues that allow daily lineup changes. On the other hand, keeping the legs of Perez fresh may help his offensive numbers, as fatigue may have been one of the reasons for a 170-point drop in OPS between the first and second half of 2014. Perez is still a top-10 fantasy catcher in most formats, with a ton of upside that hinges on the 24-year-old improving his plate discipline. However, the days where fantasy owners can expect 140-145 games caught may soon be winding down.