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Royals' moves open door for Moylan in 'pen

March 27, 2017

SURPIRSE, Ariz. -- The Royals made several roster moves Monday morning that appear to pave the way for veteran reliever Peter Moylan to emerge with the final bullpen spot.The Royals optioned left-hander Scott Alexander, and outfielders Billy Burns and Peter O'Brien to Triple-A Omaha.The Royals also assigned pitchers Al Alburquerque,

SURPIRSE, Ariz. -- The Royals made several roster moves Monday morning that appear to pave the way for veteran reliever Peter Moylan to emerge with the final bullpen spot.
The Royals optioned left-hander Scott Alexander, and outfielders Billy Burns and Peter O'Brien to Triple-A Omaha.
The Royals also assigned pitchers Al Alburquerque, Yender Caramo, Malcom Culver and Eric Stout to Minor League camp, along with catcher Zane Evans and infielder Humberto Arteaga.
With Alburquerque, Caramo and Alexander out of camp, Moylan, 38, appears to be the last man standing for the seventh and final bullpen spot. Moylan, who had a 3.43 ERA in 50 appearances in 2016, is on a Minor League deal and the Royals would have to make a corresponding roster move.
Moylan's opt-out date is Tuesday.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.