Royals Claim Lance Zawadzki

The Royals claimed infielder Lance Zawadzki off of waivers from the Padres, according to a team press release. Kansas City outrighted Jai Miller to Triple-A and the outfielder will become a free agent tomorrow afternoon. It's the second consecutive day the Royals have made a waiver claim; GM Dayton Moore claimed Joaquin Arias from the Mets yesterday.

Zawadzki, 25, appeared in 20 games for the Padres in May and June. He spent most of the season in the upper minors, where he played second, third and short and batted .225/.291/.316. Miller, 25, batted .236/.300/.345 in 60 big league plate appearances this year. He has a .239/.322/.401 line in eight minor league seasons.

22 Responses to Royals Claim Lance Zawadzki Leave a Reply

  1. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    YES!!!! I love this Move!!!!

  2. mtex 5 years ago

    Royals stocking up on the infielders…. Arias, now Zawadski. Who’s next? Grudz, again?

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      They are actually two fine moves if you ask me…No risk at all…How do you think the Marlins found Cody Ross?

      • mtex 5 years ago

        Honestly have no idea who Lance Zawadski is, but how is Arias a fine move?

        • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

          He was a Padres prospect with a .345 Minor League OBP and Arias is Arias…I look at these two claims as only upside claims. If it doesn’t work, the’re gone, but it can work. The Royals took Soria and look how that turned out. I just look at it as why not?

          • mtex 5 years ago

            Forgive me, I really read this wrong. But, this almost looks like you’re comparing The Coackroach to Soria.

            Arias has no upside anymore.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            I’m comparing the low risk, high reward type claim/Rule 5 pick to Soria. I don’t see anything wrong with claiming these two players. Whats to lose?

          • mtex 5 years ago

            A roster spot.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            Jai Miller. Come on man.

          • mtex 5 years ago

            Do you have any idea how long Arias plagued the Rangers 40-man? Dude, would never die.

            This, on top of the strange fascination the Royals front office has with former Rangers players.

          • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

            Robbie Tejeda turned out well.

          • mtex 5 years ago

            Zing! Oh, well, you got me there with Tejeda. Haha.

          • myname_989 5 years ago

            Soria also showed that he had potential in the Padres organization, and should have been on the 40-man roster to protect him in the Rule 5 draft. There is nothing impressive about Lance Zawadski’s minor league numbers, especially those over A ball.

            Although I agree, sometimes you get lucky with waviers / the Rule 5 draft, etc., but you also have to choose selectively. More than often, the Royals end up with a bunch of guys that were clearly never going to pan out, and now they have two more.

  3. Devern Hansack 5 years ago

    Zawadski’s MLE (calculated on Minor League Splits) based on his 3 seasons at AAA is .220/.278/.310. I doubt he’d be more than minor league depth for the Royals.

  4. Kevin Charity 5 years ago

    Zawadski is terrible. Dude can’t hit, doesn’t walk, and has as much power as my grandmother. Stoked that it frees up a 40 man spot

    • Cankersly 5 years ago

      He definitely had a disappointing season last year, but going into 2010 he was pretty well thought of in our farm system. I know he was right around 10th on most padres prospect lists and projected as a possible solid utility guy.

      I guess he’s just not ready to play in the majors and the Padres don’t really have room for more infielders at AA/AAA. I bet this move is to make room for Everth to get regular playing time in AAA next year.

  5. At least Jai got his cup of coffee.

  6. Slopeboy 5 years ago

    What I don’t understand is all the talk about the Royals minor league prospects and all the up and coming players that the organization has playing for them. All this talk about how they are only a year away from being real contenders. Then they go and claim two bottom of the barrel scrubs, Why? Just because they’re cheap and they may catch lightening in a bottle ?

  7. who did the padres add when they made this move?

  8. that’s mean Cabrera going to AAA next year I love it.

  9. MontanaRoyal 5 years ago

    Every year for the last 20 years its…”two more years and our young players will make a difference”….yet the young players never get in and we lose lose lose…….let the young upcoming players play! worst that can happen is we lose lose lose. so whats the difference???

  10. MontanaRoyal 5 years ago

    I love the Royals…..but lets face it….they suck!

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