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The Coyotes claimed Alexander Burmistrov off of waivers from the Winnipeg Jets Monday morning. Burmistrov has two assists in 23 games with the Jets this season.
A veteran of 298 games with the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise, Burmistrov was the 8th overall selection of the then Atlanta Thrashers back in 2010. Burmistrov bounced back and forth between the Jets and their AHL affiliate before signing a two-year deal with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL during the lockout in 2013-14. The decision came reportedly due to dissatisfaction with his usage under head coach Claude Noel.
The idea would be that since Cheslor Cuthbert is out of a position with Mike Moustakas returning to third base, and Cuthbert out of options next year, he would hit at DH a few times a week, with Salvador Perez hitting there on his days off from catching, and other players like Alex Gordon or Lorenzo Cain could even DH to rest their legs.
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Rotating the position seems like a fairly bad idea however. The average American League designated hitter last year hit .254/.328/.452, a better OPS than anyone on the Royals – except Kendrys Morales, their departing designated hitter. The Royals could get a bit more value on the bases as Morales was one of the slowest and least valuable baserunners in baseball last year, but Cuthbert was pretty slow himself and his bat does not come close to making up the difference.