Alot of things happened in a short time on Friday for the KC Royals.
They officially announced the signing of outfielder Alex Rios. He will make $11 million in 2015. There is also a mutual option for 2016, which is worth $12.5 million.
Rios will wear #15, though when Kendrys Morales was announced, he was going to wear that number. Apparently, Morales is letting Rios have it.
Everyone is excited to join their new team, especially one coming off a World Series appearance, and Rios is no different.
The Royals feel Rios fits Kauffman Stadium and the team’s style of play, if he stays healthy. He is athletic and can steal bases, but he has to stay healthy. Rios did state in this afternoon’s press conference that he 100% healthy (he had a bad right ankle and swollen thumb in 2014).
Rios has spent his entire 11 year career in the American League and is no stranger to the AL Central (he spent five seasons with the Chicago White Sox).
To make room for Rios on the 40-man roster, outfielder Carlos Peguero was released. He really did not have a chance of cracking the Royals roster in 2015 with the signings of Rios and Morales. Peguero showed power and the ability to get hot (remember last August?), but his strikeouts in winter ball in the Dominican Winter League were concerning.
As expected, infielder Johnny Giavotella did not clear waivers, and he was traded to the LA Angels for right-hander Brian Broderick. Broderick pitched in the big leagues in 2011, when he was a Rule V Draft pick of the Washington Nationals (11 appearances out of the Nats bullpen). He was sent back to St. Louis, but was back in the Nats organization in 2012. He never got higher than Double-A with the Nats.
Broderick was in independent ball in 2014 and will not be added to the 40-man roster. He had just signed a deal with the Angels on November 28th. I expect he will be a non-roster invite to spring training.
This may be just the chance Gio needs to succeed in the big leagues (the Angels were looking for a second baseman after trading Howie Kendrick). Best of luck to him!