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Shane Costa and Ryan Shealy Eras Officially End


MLB has released the list of six-year minor league free agents, which includes notable Royals Shane Costa, Ryan Shealy, and Chris Lubanski.  Under the rules, a minor leaguer with six full years of credited service time in the minors can become a free agent if his organization does not place him on its 40-man major league roster.  Neither Costa, Shealy, nor Lubanski were expected back, so this comes as no surprise.  Costa is now free to fulfill his destiny as a backup outfielder for the Padres, while Shealy and Lubanski will be looking for jobs filling out AAA rosters.

CHONE Projections for 2010

Costa: 279/336/418, +1 batting runs above average

Shealy: 245/329/398, -2 batting runs above average

Lubanski: 243/309/379, -13 batting runs above average

The full list of now former Royals is after the break. 

Pitchers: RHP Juan Abreu, RHP John Bannister, LHP Tim Hamulack, RHP Luke Hudson, LHP Michael O'Connor, RHP Chad Orvella, LHP Heath Phillips

Catchers: J.R. House, John Suomi, Vance Wilson

Infielders: Chase Fontaine, Ryan Shealy, Corey Smith

Outfielders: Cory Aldridge, Shane Costa, Chris Lubanski, Brian McFall, Tim Raines Jr.

Juan Abreu is a mild surprise as he has posted double digit K/9 rates throughout his career, but given that he also has posted a BB/9 rate near 6.0, the surprise is only mild. 

The players can always re-sign with the Royals, so some of them may be back. 

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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