Fresh off the Ervin Santana trade, the Royals opted to continue shaking up the 40-man roster.
The team made a pair of waiver claims: RHP Guillermo Moscoso from the Rockies and catcher Brett Hayes from the Marlins. In order to make room on the 40-man, RHP Blake Wood was claimed off waivers by the Indians while OF Jason Bourgeois, LHP Tommy Hottovy, and RHP Jeremy Jeffress were each designated for assignment.
Guillermo Moscoso (age 29, 11-12, 4.16 ERA, 6.3 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 1.303 WHIP, 1.8 WAR in parts of 4 seasons) is somewhat of a journeyman. Originally signed out of Venezuela by the Tigers in 2001, then shipped to the Rangers in 2009 where he made his big league debut. Texas then sent him to Oakland in 2011 where he put together a solid season (21 starts: 8-10, 3.38 ERA, 5.2 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 1.094 WHIP, 1.6 WAR). The A’s then dealt him to the Rockies last winter where he floundered in the thin Denver air (23 games, 3 starts: 3-2, 6.12 ERA) before being demoted to the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate.
Moscoso, who could fill the role of either a starter or long-reliever/spot-starter, represents another fly-ball pitcher who got torched by the long ball in Colorado who the Royals believe will have better luck in a more pitcher-friendly park (which they’ve done twice: Felipe Paulino and Jeremy Guthrie). Moscoso adds competition for both the rotation and bullpen.
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Brett Hayes (age 28, .217/.266/.361, 8 HR, 27 RBI, .992 Fld%, 26% caught stealing in parts of 4 seasons) is an insurance policy, much like how the team brought in Adam Moore last season. Hayes is defintely a defense-first catcher and was brought in so the Royals can avoid the awful mess they faced last spring when Sal Perez injured his knee. Purely a depth move here.
As for Bourgeois, Jeffress, and Hottovy, the Royals have 10 days to either release, trade, or place them on waivers.
The team also reinstated Felipe Paulino and Danny Duffy from the 60-day DL, bringing the 40-man roster to capacity.