The Royals designated Joaquin Arias for assignment on Sunday, according to MLB.com's transactions page.
The 26-year-old utility infielder has been well-traveled of late, having been traded from the Rangers to the Mets in the August deal that sent Jeff Francoeur to Texas. The Royals then selected him off waivers in November before designating him for assignment.
Arias was once a touted prospect, going from the Yankees to the Rangers in the Alex Rodriguez swap. He has struggled with the bat, however, in limited action in the bigs (.276/.314/.362 in 275 plate appearances).