The Royals announced that they outrighted Joaquin Arias and Lance Zawadzki to Triple-A Omaha after the two infielders cleared waivers. Kansas City recently designated Arias and Zawadzki for assignment to create roster space. The Royals’ 40-man roster remains full.
The Rangers acquired Arias in the 2004 Alfonso Soriano-Alex Rodriguez trade. The Royals claimed him from the Mets after New York obtained him from the Rangers in the Jeff Francoeur deal. Arias did have a solid 2008 campaign as a reserve for the Rangers, but this year he hit just .258/.280/.320 between the Rangers and Mets. The 26-year-old is not yet arbitration eligible.
The Royals had claimed Zawadzki from the Padres in November. The 25-year-old appeared in 20 games for San Diego 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.