The Royals have traded right-handed pitcher Miguel Almonte to the Angels for cash considerations. The team had designated him for assignment earlier this week to make room for outfielder Abraham Almonte, who they had claimed off waivers from the Indians. Miguel was the 12th-ranked prospect in the system according to MLB Pipeline and posted a 1.72 ERA in 47 innings across AA and AAA last year. The 25-year old features a mid-90s fastball with a good change up and was coming off an impressive spring training with the Royals. Miguel was battling shoulder soreness that would have landed him on the disabled list to begin the year.
As I have said before, in baseball terms, this move makes absolutely no sense. The Royals are not in a position to be letting young pitching talent go with no return. If the Royals needed the 40-man roster spot, there were other choices that seemed a better bet to clear waivers. Bubba Starling is also a candidate to go on the 60-day disabled list to open up a spot. And there should be little need to clear a 40-man roster spot in the first place for a journeyman 28-year old outfielder like Abraham Almonte.
The shoulder injury doesn’t explain this move either. If it is a minor injury, the Royals can see what he can do later this year. If it is a major injury, then he can go on the 60-day disabled list.
So it still seems like there is more to this story. Because either Almonte was a guy they didn’t want around anymore for clubhouse reasons, or they think 36-year Blaine Boyer is worth keeping around more than a 24-year with a 95 mph fastball.