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Royals Option Danny Duffy & Donnie Joseph to Minors

According to Mike Swanson, VP of Communications and Broadcasting for the team, the Royals have optioned Danny Duffy to the minor leagues, along with Donnie Joseph. Cory Wade and P.J. Walters have been reassigned to minor league camp, leaving 33 players in the major league camp.

It seemed that Duffy had a great shot at making the roster as a reliever, once he lost the final starting spot to Yordano Ventura, but the Royals may believe Duffy needs more work in Omaha, after walking two and giving up a home run in his one inning of work against the Rangers yesterday. According to Andy McCullough, Duffy will go back to the rotation in AAA.

As I’ve mentioned before, Duffy still has some potential as a starter, so I’m glad they have decided to continue trying to develop him for that. It’s possible that a stint in the bullpen could have worked out for both Duffy and the Royals, but I think it would be more difficult to make the adjustments he needs to make while pitching in 1 to 2 inning spurts in low leverage situations. While in Omaha, Duffy can focus on his slider and refining his fastball command, so when Bruce Chen needs to be pulled from the rotation, Duffy will be ready to replace him.

In the meantime, Joseph being optioned likely means Francisley Bueno will be the 7th reliever in the Royals’ bullpen on Opening Day. Joseph had another solid spring, striking out 9 batters in 5.2 innings, although he did walk another 6 batters. Despite reports that the Royals were not worried about losing the option-less Bueno, it appears they did prefer to maintain their inventory of relief depth, at least for now. Until one of the relievers needs to be sent down for injury or ineffectiveness, Joseph will stay in Omaha, where he’ll likely continue to perform well.

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  • Daniel Adrian Flores

    How about trading Peguero, Brett Hayes and Bueno for Kottaras and Emilio Bonifacio?

    • jimfetterolf

      Kottaras wanted a chance for more playing time and Bonifacio doesn’t want to be on the bench.

      • Daniel Adrian Flores

        They don’t call the shots

        • jimfetterolf

          It was an act of kindness for Kottaras to give him a better chance with his bad glove and weak stick and Bonifacio has a history of being a clubhouse cancer on the bench. That’s why Toronto gave him away when he lost the starting job. Probably also why he could only get a minor league deal as an FA after the Royals cut him after nobody was willing to trade a bag of balls for him when DFA-ed. This isn’t fantasy, personalities do have an impact in real baseball.

          • Daniel Adrian Flores

            Kottaras want bad defensively, on base machine and lefty power. Emilio was a revelation for us. I care more about the results than I do about their feelings. I’d rather they pound tequila than eat milk and cookies.

  • goatlockerlifer

    These are the decisions I thought should have been made all along. Now, when any of our pitchers gets injured, we’ve got suitable, big league caliber replacements ready in Joseph and Duffy.

    I’m not sure why you (and most everyone else) seems so quick to dismiss Bruce Chen. He’s been a decent SP for us, overall. We have a reasonable chance to win every time he starts.

    • jimfetterolf

      So-called advanced metrics don’t like Bruce.