Arbuckle joins front office, roster moves
Today marks the beginning of the free agent signing period. While no players were signed today, the Royals were busy with roster moves and an addition to the front office.
We start in the front office, where the Royals named Mike Arbuckle the Senior Advisor to the General Manager/Scouting and Player Development. Arbuckle comes to the Royals after earning a ring with the World Champion Philadelphia Phillies. He started with the Phillies after the 1992 season as the Director of Scouting, and was most recently the Assistant General Manager. He drafted several key components of the 2008 champs, including outfielder Pat Burrell, Ryan Howard, Ryan Madson, Brett Myers, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and World Series MVP Cole Hamels. Mike, a Trenton, Mo. native, currently resides in Liberty. We welcome Mike to the club!
The Royals also made a series of roster moves, since today was the MLB deadline for removing all the 60-day Disabled List players and placing them on your 40-man roster. Right-handed pitchers Ryan Braun, Luke Hochevar, Luke Hudson and Carlos Rosa, and outfielder Shane Costa were activated from the 60-day DL. In addition, the Royals requested Unconditional Release Waivers on Braun while designating Hudson and left-handed pitcher Josh Newman for assignment. The Royals 40-man roster now stands at 40. Keep an eye out next week, as all teams must finalize their “winter” 40-man roster on Thursday, Nov. 20. This means teams must protect some of their minor leaguers or risk losing them in the Rule 5 draft, which will take place during the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas on Dec. 11.