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Starling among 4 players non-tendered by KC

Royals expected to re-sign all 4 to Minor League deals shortly
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KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Friday non-tendered the contracts of four players -- right-handers Jason Adam and Andres Machado, first baseman Samir Duenez and outfielder Bubba Starling -- ahead of Friday night's 7 p.m. CT non-tender deadline.

None of the four are arbitration-eligible, but all four are expected to be signed back to Minor League deals in the next 24 hours, a source told MLB.com.

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals on Friday non-tendered the contracts of four players -- right-handers Jason Adam and Andres Machado, first baseman Samir Duenez and outfielder Bubba Starling -- ahead of Friday night's 7 p.m. CT non-tender deadline.

None of the four are arbitration-eligible, but all four are expected to be signed back to Minor League deals in the next 24 hours, a source told MLB.com.

The moves will reduce the Royals' 40-man roster to 36, leaving them plenty of room for Winter Meetings transactions as well as possible Rule 5 Draft acquisitions.

Adam, 27, appeared in 31 games with Kansas City last year and posted a 6.12 ERA. Duenez, 22, had an .820 OPS in 80 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2018. Machado, 25, appeared in two games with the Royals in late 2017 and allowed nine runs in 3 2/3 innings (22.09 ERA).

Starling, the fifth overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, was limited to 20 games across three Minor League levels due to injury.

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

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