Royals Designate Mitch Maier For Assignment

The Royals announced that they designated outfielder Mitch Maier for assignment (Twitter link). They recalled Nathan Adcock and Louis Coleman from Triple-A and optioned Vin Mazzaro to the minor leagues in corresponding moves. Kansas City now has two open spots on its 40-man roster.

Maier, 30, appeared in 32 games for the Royals this year, playing right and center field and pitching one scoreless inning. He posted a .172/.260/.313 batting line in 74 plate appearances. Maier's earning $865K as a first-time arbitration eligible player in 2012.


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13 Comments on "Royals Designate Mitch Maier For Assignment"


twentyfivemanroster
3 years 1 month ago

Two open spots?  Getting ready for Jake Odorizzi and Wil Myers, I assume 

3 years 1 month ago

One will be for Lorenzo Cain

twentyfivemanroster
3 years 1 month ago

Yeah, you’re right.  Forgot all about Cain.

3 years 1 month ago

Mitch, thanks for the effort and professionalism through the years.  Enjoyed watching you play in the minors and into the majors.  Good luck as you are a class act.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 1 month ago

 That’s true.  He was a good extra outfielder when they really needed him to be.

Colin Christopher
3 years 1 month ago

And one of the best pitchers in the organization.

KCRoyals
3 years 1 month ago

Hate to see Maier go…He’s the epitome of a TEAM player. He’s sat on the bench most of the last 2 years, and never complained about the lack of playing time.

Cain and Myers would be my assumption to fill the final 2 40 man roster spots…though, where you play Myers right now is the question. The outfield is rather crowded…(Cain, Gordon, Francoeur, Dyson). A Francoeur trade in the offing perhaps?

ThisGuyRocks
3 years 1 month ago

Wouldn’t Cain already be on the 40-man?

KCRoyals
3 years 1 month ago

He’s on the 60 day DL…and thus doesn’t count against it currently

Colin Christopher
3 years 1 month ago

Right, but they’ll just move Paulino to the 60-day to create room for him.

3 years 1 month ago

Thanks Mitch! Thanks for always showing class, dignity and professionalism! You truly are a class act! Any team that signs you now is getting A good guy and a TEAM player! Good Luck! 

mgsports
3 years 1 month ago

Yes he is.

RSKelley
3 years 1 month ago

Maier is a better player than his stats show. The Royals don’t need him, and they’re flooded with outfielders. Wil Myers is the best hitter in the minors, and he’s ready for the promotion. They have Bourgeious (whatever the spelling), Dyson, Cain, Francoeur, Gordon.

He can hit, and he knows how to get on base. Very good defensive outfielder. Honestly, Maier could’ve had a brighter career if the team gave him more time at third base, or even catcher. 

It’s unlikely he gets claimed right now. The Yankees could be interested, but his left-handed bat just doesn’t hit righties well enough. Maybe the Orioles or Rays…