The Kansas City Royals made a few more roster moves this week and only one of them was really surprising. The more obvious ones were the optioning of three pitchers to the minor leagues. Chris Dwyer and Justin Marks are both going to Triple-A Omaha whilst John Lamb will be going to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. None of those pitchers were ever going to make the big league roster, the question was ever only to what minor league level they would be optioned.
The slightly more interesting move, however, was the unconditional release of right handed pitcher Guillermo Moscoso. Moscoso was claimed off waivers last November and originally looked like a rotation candidate. Even after the great acquisitions later in the winter, he still had an outside shot at the fifth spot and I thought he would end up in the minor leagues as an asset for the future.
Instead the Royals decided to release him and he was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays. It is a good move for Moscoso as he will get another chance now in the Blue Jays’ camp and it is probably a good move for the Royals as well. Although he looked like a decent asset, it’s not certain that he was really worth a spot even on the 40-man roster.
These moves leave the Royals with now 51 active players in the major league camp and 39 of the spots on the 40-man roster taken. There is still some work to be done before the start of season rosters are set.