Mar 2, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Patrick Schuster (57) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the sixth inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Schuster Gets Sent Back to the Arizona Diamondbacks

Feb 21, 2014; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Patrick Schuster (57) poses for a photo during photo day at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Schuster, we hardly knew ye.

After acquiring Schuster off waivers from the San Diego Padres, who acquired him from the Houston Astros after the first pick of the Rule V Draft, it was thought that Schuster may potentially be competition for Francisley Bueno for the final spot in the Royals bullpen. Instead, less than 48 hours after acquiring him, Schuster has reportedly been sent back to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

So, what was the point of picking up Schuster? Was it really nothing more than an attempt to sneak Carlos Peguero through waivers while other teams were distracted with their own moves?

The only answer that seems to make sense is that the Royals wanted to free up a spot on their 40 man roster. However, who would that spot go to? Are the Royals thinking that another player could be designated for assignment that may be able to help the major league roster? Or, could they be looking ahead for the future, and keep that spot open for a prospect to come up, maybe someone like Kyle Zimmer?

Whatever the reason for the move, and subsequent return to Arizona, Patrick Schuster’s tenure with the Royals has come to an end. Maybe, in another day or two, we can put his glamorous career as a member of the Royals in context.

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  • Eric Akers

    I don’t understand the point of picking up Schuster. Is the only reason Peguero has 10 days in limbo because we picked up Schuster? If that is the case, what are the rules for waiving a player?

  • moretrouble

    I failed to see, Dave, why you guys were getting so worked up Patrick Schuster. The kid isn’t capable of pitching in the big leagues yet. Often, fans don’t realize how much higher the MLB level is than AAA. But, A and high A ball? Forget it. The kid has been in pro ball 5 years and never advanced beyond A ball. Any talk that Schuster might compete for a spot on the big club came from bloggers and fans — not the team.

    My guess is the front office is populating their minor league rosters at the present time and Schuster was a fallback option. As it turns out, they didn’t need him.

    • Dave Hill

      My thought was that, as a Rule V draft pick, he may have been someone that the Royals front office felt could be a viable option. Instead, he seems to have been picked up to remove Peguero from the 40 man roster and to sneak him into the minors. First post was speculation; this post was about the curiousness of the move.

      • moretrouble

        There is NO sneaking ANYONE through the DFA list for the purpose of assignment. That list is sent daily by the league office to every team. Peguero is on the list and all teams see it. That idea is a bit of drama conceived by Andy McCullough over at the Star.

        Regarding the corresponding move, that may be true, but that’s McCullough making that observation, not the team. I do not believe McCullough got any source within the organization to confirm that. It was unsubstantiated speculation. The Star has had so many baseball writers recently I’m surprised any of them can even spell baseball.

        • Dave Hill

          Which is another reason why I wondered about this move. The only thing that really makes sense to me, unless they were doing the Diamondbacks a favor, is that the Royals have an idea that someone could become available that could help out now. As to who that could be, I have no idea.

          I also do not understand why it is felt that they would need to ‘sneak’ Peguero to the minors. Yes, he has a lot of power potential, but he has been abysmal at the major league level. Nothing about him says more than that he is a AAAA guy. I don’t see many other teams willing to keep him in the majors all season.

          • moretrouble

            Well, to backtrack for a minute, Peguero had to be on KC’s 40 man in the first place because he was on Seattle’s 40 when they DFA’s him and traded him to KC. (That’s when KC DFA’d Teaford to make room). The corresponding move — which was required — this time was, apparently Schuster, precisely because a Rule 5 guy can be offered back if he doesn’t make the team. The team hasn’t confirmed that, but it seems likely. Giving Schuster back and putting Peguero on the 10 day wait list leaves KC with an open spot on their 40 man (by my count). What’s ridiculous, though, is the assertion that anyone is trying to sneak anyone through the process.

        • Eric Akers

          I have been trying to understand how Schuster relates to Peguero. My question below was about this, but it was worded badly. I think i have read that Peguero has a 10 day wait because we tried to replace him on the 40 man roster. I am not sure this is true at all and was curious about the rules. But if this is the case, then it seems like they aren’t sneaking him through the process, but delaying it to when most teams have their 40 man roster already set and do not want to modify.

          Does anybody here know if this is the case?

  • jimfetterolf

    Dayton Moore may just have been doing a favor for the ‘Backs’ GM along with some book keeping, or may have tried to work a trade with him.