LAS VEGAS — Here are a couple of other things to add to colleague Nick Cafardo’s list of items from late last night/this morning:
According to one National League executive, the Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves have had serious discussions about a trade that would send outfielder Jeff Francoeur to the Royals for pitcher Zack Greinke. The same source said he believed the teams were close to executing the deal, but that Atlanta was holding up trade discussions until the Braves had a resolution of their pursuit of free agent righthander A.J. Burnett. Royals general manager Dayton Moore (who interviewed for the Red Sox job during Theo Epstein’s walkabout in 2005-06) is a former member of the Braves organization and is eager to bring the outfielder to Kansas City.
Also, in an attempt to cut payroll, the Houston Astros are making it clear that Miguel Tejada and Ty Wigginton are available. Trading Tejada would save more money, but Houston also believes the only way to trade the veteran shortstop is to take salary back in return. The Astros reportedly are interested in shaving their payroll by about $10 million and Tejada’s 2009 salary is $13 million.