In following up with the free agent signing that certainly caught the eye of many on Tuesday, on Wednesday the Royals removed shortstop/second base prospect Jeff Bianchi from the 40-man roster to create an open spot for Jonathan Broxton.
The Royals officially have given up on the former second round selection in the 2005 MLB Draft. Unfortunately, Bianchi battled with injuries which included having Tommy John surgery early in 2010. In 2011 he appeared in 119 games with AA Northwest Arkansas in which he hit .259/,320/.333 with two home runs and 48 RBI.
Suddenly the Royals found Bianci expendable with as deep of depth as they've had in the middle infield in quite some time. Youngsters Alcides Escobar and Johnny Giavotella man those respective spots in Kansas City, while Christian Colon isn't far away. Throw in names such as Michael Antonio, Humberto Arteaga, Orlando Calixte, Jack Lopez, and Adalberto Mondesi, and you can start to see why Bianci was expendable. That is not even mentioning Yamaico Navarro who the Royals presume can eventually step into a Mike Aviles type utility role.
According to audio inteview on Sirius XM, Dayton Moore even has expressed the desire to look for someone that Kansas City can bring in to backup Escobar at shortstop and play third base as well to allow Mike Moustakas the occasional day off.