The Royals pruned their spring training roster on Wednesday, releasing outfielder Travis Snider. They also re-signed reliever Peter Moylan to a minor-league deal.
Snider, a former top prospect, came to camp as a non-roster invitee after signing a minor-league deal in the offseason. He batted .262 with (11 for 42) with two homers while appearing in 21 games. His chances to make the team lessened as outfielder Reymond Fuentes (.389) and utility man Whit Merrifield (.386) excelled during camp.
Snider came up through the Toronto Blue Jays’ system. He spent last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Baltimore Orioles.
Fuentes, meanwhile, appears ticketed for a spot on the opening-day roster, while the final outfield spot could fall to speedster Terrance Gore. The Royal have signaled a preference to utilize Gore’s pinch-running ability while outfielder Jarrod Dyson recovers from a strained oblique.
Moylan, a right-handed submarine pitcher, returns to the organization after being released earlier this week. He will accept a minor-league assignment and begin the season at Class AAA Omaha.
The Royals have also expressed hope that they can re-sign left-hander Brian Duensing and infielder Clint Barmes, who were released after opting out earlier this week.