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Royals' Jake Brentz: Designated for assignment
Brentz (elbow) was designated for assignment by the Royals on Tuesday.
Brentz made just eight relief appearances last season before hitting the injured list with elbow issues. He began a rehab assignment in mid-June but paused it soon after and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery in late July. The timing of the procedure means he'll miss the majority or perhaps the entirety of the 2023 season. He'll manage his recovery while no longer a member of the 40-man roster, as the Royals elected to clear space to protect another player from the Rule 5 draft.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Brent Rooker: Designated for assignment
Rooker was designated for assignment by the Royals on Tuesday.
A 28-year-old with plus right-handed power and limited defensive utility, Rooker has played for three teams in the past two seasons. It's possible he could try to land with another organization this offseason, otherwise he will likely return to Triple-A Omaha.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Nathan Webb: Booted from 40-man
Webb was designated for assignment by the Royals on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old righty gave up 34 runs in 28.2 innings across Double-A and Triple-A last season, so it's no surprise to see him fall off the 40-man roster. He walked 24 batters over that span, which was his main undoing.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Alec Marsh: Contract selected
Marsh's contract was selected by the Royals on Tuesday.
The move means Marsh won't be available for selection in the Rule 5 draft. Marsh spent the bulk of last season with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, where he struggled to a 7.32 ERA in 25 starts despite a 27.4 percent strikeout rate.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Diego Hernandez: Added to 40-man roster
The Royals added Hernandez to the 40-man roster Tuesday.
This move protects the lefty-hitting outfielder from the Rule 5 draft. Hernandez turns 22 this weekend and only played 32 games at Double-A last year, so he is unlikely to make the big-league club this spring. He hit .298/.357/.379 with two home runs and 13 steals in 141 plate appearances at Double-A.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Freddy Fermin: Added to 40-man roster
The Royals selected Fermin's contract Tuesday.
He made his big-league debut this past season, but only played in three games. The 27-year-old catcher will serve as Kansas City's third catcher on the depth chart. He hit .270/.365/.480 with 15 home runs in 87 games at Triple-A.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Ryan O'Hearn: Avoids arbitration with Royals
O'Hearn agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million contract with the Royals on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.
O'Hearn, 29, has been a below-replacement-level player in the majors in each of the last four seasons, so it's a little surprising that he's sticking around on a big-league pact. Last year he saw time at first base, designated hitter and right field. O'Hearn is a career .219/.293/.390 hitter in 342 games and has been worth -1.4 fWAR over that time.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Samad Taylor: Kansas City selects contract
Taylor had his contract selected from Triple-A Omaha by the Royals on Thursday.
The 24-year-old was acquired at the trade deadline from Toronto as part of the return for Whit Merrifield. Taylor played in 70 games at Triple-A last season and had a .258/.337/.426 slash line with nine home runs, 45 RBI and 23 steals.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Richard Lovelady: Contract selected by KC
The Royals selected Lovelady's contract from Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.
Lovelady sat out most of 2022 while he rehabbed from Tommy John surgery, but he returned to game action in September with Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Omaha. The left-hander had a 3.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 23:6 K:BB across 20.2 innings prior to the injury in 2021 and could be a bullpen piece for Kansas City to open next season.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Sebastian Rivero: DFA'd by Kansas City
Rivero was designated for assignment by the Royals on Thursday.
Rivero was up in the majors for the final six weeks of the campaign but won't remain on the 40-man roster through the offseason. He appeared in 17 major-league games in 2022 and went 4-for-26 with two walks and 10 strikeouts.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Ryan Weiss: Outrighted to Triple-A
Weiss cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday.
Weiss was claimed off waivers by the Royals at the beginning of July, and he posted a 7.57 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 35.2 innings over 30 relief appearances at Omaha. He'll remain with the Triple-A club after losing his spot on the Royals' 40-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Tyler Zuber: Throwing again
Zuber (shoulder) posted a video Wednesday on his personal Twitter account showing him throwing off flat ground.
In the video, Zuber looked to be throwing at close to his usual velocity, albeit not off a mound. The 27-year-old right-hander missed the entire 2022 season while recovering from right shoulder impingement syndrome but looks on pace to be fully cleared in advance of spring training.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Kyle Isbel: Homers in Game 162
Isbel went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to Cleveland.
In the final game of the season, Isbel took a 1-0 cutter from Aaron Civale in the fifth inning over the fence in right field for his fifth long ball of 2022 and first since Sept. 3. The 25-year-old received sporadic at-bats over the last couple of weeks of the season, likely due to his undesirable .211/.264/.340 slash line on the campaign.... See More ... See Less
Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino: Caps rookie year with bang
Pasquantino went 2-for-4 a solo home run in Wednesday's loss against the Guardians.
The rookie capped off a solid start to his career with a two-hit effort, including a solo home run in the first inning. The homer, his 10th of the season, capped off a season-ending hot streak that saw Pasquantino hit .408 (29-for-71) with two home runs and a 6:11 K:BB over his final 19 games.... See More ... See Less