KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Royals claimed off waivers right-hander Guillermo Moscoso from the Rockies and catcher Brett Hayes from the Marlins during a series of moves Friday.
Kansas City also lost right-hander Blake Wood to a claim by the Cleveland Indians.
Moscoso was 3-2 with a 6.12 ERA for Colorado, but was 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA while starting 21 of 23 games two years ago in Oakland. Hayes hit .202 in 39 games for Miami last season.
In other news, left-hander Danny Duffy and right-hander Felipe Paulino, a pair of starters who underwent Tommy John surgery this season, were reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.
Catcher Manny Pina was assigned outright to Triple-A Omaha, while left-hander Tommy Hottovy, right-hander Jeremy Jeffress and outfielder Jason Bourgeois were designated for assignment.
KANSAS CITY, MO (November 2, 2012) — The Kansas City 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.
ROYALS PROMOTE RENE FRANCISCO, SCOTT SHARP AND KYLE VENA
KANSAS CITY, MO (November 2, 2012) — The Kansas City Royals and Senior Vice President/General Manager Dayton Moore today announced three promotions in the Baseball Operations department: Rene Francisco to Assistant General Manager-International Operations, Scott Sharp to Director of Player Development and Kyle Vena to Assistant Director of Player Development.
“I am extremely proud of the great work by our Scouting and Player Development departments,” said Moore. “Rene, Scott and Kyle have been instrumental in our success and we look forward to their continued leadership in these vital roles.”
“Scott has done an excellent job leading our player development department and has earned the complete respect of our staff,” said Royals’ Assistant General Manager-Scouting & Player Development J.J. Picollo. “We are confident he will build on the success that we’ve established with player development the past several years. Kyle has an excellent understanding of both the draft and player development and this new position will allow him to develop new creative ideas to improve all areas of the department. This position fits his strengths and abilities well and we’re delighted that he will continue to be an asset to the organization.”
Francisco joined the Royals in 2006 as special assistant to the General Manager/International Operations. Francisco has turned the club’s International Operations department into one of the best in baseball, producing talented players such as catcher Salvador Perez, pitcher Kelvin Herrera and numerous high-profile prospects.
Sharp, a native of Sykesville, Md., joined the Royals organization in 2006 as assistant director of player development and was promoted to director of minor league operations in 2008. Under Sharp’s leadership, the Royals have consistently been ranked as one of the top farm systems in baseball, including landing the top spot in 2011, according to Baseball America.
Vena, a Kansas City native who just finished his 17th season in the organization, has worked the last two seasons as assistant to player development and scouting. Vena began his career as a batboy before moving to assist day-to-day clubhouse operations and then made the transition to baseball operations in 2005.