Waechter and Lowery Opt For Free Agency

The Kansas City Star reports that Royals relievers Doug Waechter and Devon Lowery have elected to become free agents rather than accept demotions to the club's Triple-A affiliate.

Waechter posted a 3.69 ERA and 6.5 K/9 in 48 appearances with the Marlins in 2008.  However, the 28-year-old pitched just 5.1 innings for the Royals in '09 due to injuries.

Lowery, who is 26-years-old, saw just a handful of innings in the big leagues for the Royals in 2008.

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