SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Royals made three roster moves Monday night after their 8-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Surprise Stadium.
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
Outfielder David Lough was optioned to Class AAA Omaha and two veterans, infielder Xavier Nady and reliever George Sherrill, were released from their minor-league contracts.
Lough, 27, was simply a victim of roster limitations after putting together a terrific camp in which he went 20 for 44 in 24 games.
The Royals’ plan to carry four outfielders left no room after allotting space to the three starters (Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Jeff Francoeur) and backup Jarrod Dyson.
Lough has options remaining, which means he can be sent to the minors without passing through waivers. Dyson is out of options.
The decisions to release Nady, 34, and Sherrill, 35, were triggered by the 11 a.m. Central time deadline Tuesday to notify them whether they will break camp on the major-league roster.
Major-league free agents who sign minor-league contracts, like Nady and Sherrill, must receive such notification five days before the start of the season.
If they don’t make the roster, the club can release them or offer a reassignment to the minors. If offered a reassignment, the player can reject the offer and become a free agent.
If the player accepts the reassignment, he gets a $100,000 retention bonus and a June 1 opt-out opportunity to become a free agent.
The decision to release both players means they become free agents, but the Royals are expected to try to re-sign them, which permits them to avoid paying the retention bonus.
Nady went nine for 26 in 13 games but battled a foot injury late in camp. Sherrill continues to recover from Tommy John surgery on his elbow but is on track to return to game action in May.