Nearly a week ago, Guillermo Moscoso entered a spring training game against the Seattle Mariners and proceeded to give up two one-out hits and walked one, then surrendered a grand slam to Stefen Romero. He walked another batter and gave up a double before getting out of the inning.
And now the Royals have requested his outright release.
By releasing Moscoso, the Royals have 39 men on the 40 man roster. Speculation is that Miguel Tejada will be added, but that’s merely speculation. He’s expected to make the team and needs to be added to the 40 man roster at some point if that’s the case, so that makes sense.
The more wild – and more fun – scenario is based off of the Royals shuffling of players within camp. Wade Davis will make a start on Friday, but it will be in a minor league game, according to the Royals (James Shields will be doing the same on Sunday). Yordano Ventura is getting another start on Friday but in a big league game.
It’s highly unlikely that the Royals would add Ventura, but it’s fun to speculate. He’s thrown well in spring training so far against mostly major league hitters, but adding him now would also burn an option year if he didn’t make the opening day roster. Considering he’s only thrown six times in Double A, I’d guess the highest level he starts out of spring training would be Triple A and still think that’s not very likely. But, again, it’s fun to dream about.
If the Royals were desperate to open up a spot for anybody, Danny Duffy is still listed on the 40 man roster. With no return in line until June at the earliest, they can add him to the 60 day disabled list to open a spot, as they did when they moved Felipe Paulino after acquiring Elliot Johnson.