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Recapping Wednesday’s roster moves

Today has been a busy day as we gear up for both 2013 Opening Day and the 2013 home opener.  Here’s a recap of roster moves that took place earlier today:

  • The Royals optioned pitcher left-handed pitcher Donnie Joseph to Omaha.
  • The club signed left-handed pitcher George Sherrill and outfielder Xavier Nady to minor league contracts.  Both players were released from their previous minor league deals on Monday.  They have rejoined Major League camp for the remainder of spring training.
  • Kansas City acquired minor league outfielder Desmond Henry from the Texas Rangers.  The move completes the November 8, 2012 trade that sent lefty Tommy Hottovy to Texas.

Royals trade pitcher Tommy Hottovy to Rangers for a player to be named and cash considerations

The Royals announced today that the club has traded left-handed pitcher Tommy Hottovy to the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named and cash considerations.

Hottovy, 31, was designated for assignment on November 2.  The Kansas City native was 0-0 with a 2.89 ERA in nine relief appearances for the Royals in 2012.

Royals make series of roster moves

 The Royals today announced several 40-man Major League roster moves.  Following the moves, the Royals now have 40 players on the club’s 40-man roster.

The club has reinstated left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy and right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino from the 60-day Disabled List.  Both pitchers underwent ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (Tommy John surgery) during the 2012 season:  Duffy on his left elbow on June 13 and Paulino on his right elbow on July 3.

In addition, the club claimed right-handed pitcher Guillermo Moscoso on Outright Waivers from the Colorado Rockies and claimed catcher Brett Hayes on Outright Waivers from the Miami Marlins. 

Leaving the Royals organization is right-handed pitcher Blake Wood, who was claimed on Outright Waivers by the Cleveland Indians. 

Catcher Manuel Pina was assigned outright to Omaha while left-handed pitcher Tommy Hottovy, right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress and outfielder Jason Bourgeois were designated for assignment.

The 28-year-old Moscoso (name is pronounced “jee-AIR-moh mahs-KOH-soh”), who will turn 29 on November 14, has pitched for parts of the past four seasons in the Majors with the Rangers (2009-10), Athletics (2011) and Rockies (2012).  The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder made 23 appearances, including three starts, for Colorado last season and went 3-2 with a 6.12 ERA.  His best season came in 2011 with Oakland when he compiled an 8-10 record with a 3.38 ERA in 23 games (21 starts), allowing three hits or fewer in eight starts.  Born in Maracay, Venezuela, Moscoso was originally signed by the Detroit Tigers as a non-drafted free agent in 2003. 

Hayes, 28, has worked as the Marlins backup catcher for parts of the past four seasons.  In 39 games in 2012, he batted .202 with six doubles after hitting .231 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 64 contests in 2011.  Known as a strong defensive catcher, Hayes has caught 19 of 74 attempted basestealers in his career (26%).  The 6-foot, 201-pound right-handed hitter was the Marlins’ second-round selection in the 2005 draft out of the University of Nevada.  His father, Tim Hayes, was drafted by the Royals but never played professionally.

Omaha sends four to Triple-A All-Star Game

 The Pacific Coast League announced their selections for the 25th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game to be held on July 11 at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, N.Y.  The contest, which features the PCL All-Star squad and the International League’s best, will air live on MLB Network at 6:00 p.m. CDT.  Omaha outfielder Wil Myers has been selected as a starter for the PCL.  First baseman Clint Robinson will represent the Storm Chasers in a reserve role along with left-handed pitchers Tommy Hottovy and Ryan Verdugo.

Myers, 21, began the season at Double-A Northwest Arkansas before joining Omaha in mid-May.  He has a combined .325 average with 19 doubles, 25 home runs and 65 RBI, including 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 40 games with Omaha.  Kansas City’s third-round pick in 2009, Myers currently leads the entire minor leagues in home runs.  He will also participate in the XM All-Star Futures Game for the second straight year.

Robinson, 27, the Royals’ 25th-round selection in 2007, is batting .313 with 21 doubles, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and 41 runs scored in 71 games.  Robinson made his Major League debut on June 8 at Pittsburgh.  He appeared in four games with Kansas City, all in a pinch-hitting role.

Hottovy, who will turn 31 on July 9, is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA and seven saves in 20 relief appearances for Omaha.  The Kansas City native also appeared in five games for his hometown Royals, recording a 3.38 ERA over 5.1 innings.  A graduate of Park Hill South High School and Wichita State University, Hottovy signed with the Royals as a minor league free agent on November 18, 2011.  A fourth-round selection by Boston in 2004, Hottovy made his Major League debut with the Red Sox on June 3, 2011.

Verdugo, 25, has compiled a 5-2 mark and a 3.65 ERA over 14 starts in his first action at the Triple-A level.  He was on Kansas City’s 25-man roster in early June, but did not appear in a game.  The LSU product was selected by San Francisco in the ninth round of the 2008 June Free Agent Draft and acquired by Kansas City in a trade on November 7, 2011.


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