Saturday, May 13, 2006

Royals Deny Firing Baird, Downplay Gordon Callup

The Kansas City Royals have denied a radio report that general manager Allard Baird will be fired to be replaced by ex-Mets GM Steve Phillips. The club also downplayed widespread MLB Rumors that No. 2 overall draft pick Alex Gordon is on the verge of being called up to replace struggling 3B Mark Teahen. Teahen, meanwhile, went 0-4 for his second consecutive game. Speculation that Teahen would be replaced by Gordon was fueled after Royals owner David Glass promised a team shakeup. Gordon, 22, hitting .313 with 17 RBI and seven homers in 32 games for the AA Witchita Wranglers, plays a respectable third base, runs well and hits for average and power to all fields. But many wondered whether Gordon might be being rushed if he were called up so soon. Gordon signed only last year.