The Kansas City Royals claimed 27-year old infielder, Pedro Ciriaco off waivers from the San Diego Padres Tuesday afternoon.
Ciriaco, a toolsy defender, with a good glove and a nice arm, will fit right in with the Royals apparent game plan. His career MLB slash line over parts of four seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, and San Diego Padres is .279/.310/.388/.699. His numbers in 2013 are well below his career stats.
Ciriaco provides the Royals with a little more organizational depth because a team can never have enough good field, no hit, utility infielder types. At the major league level, he has been predominately a shortstop and a third baseman, but has appeared at least once in all fielding positions except catcher in his 158-game career.
In 438 career plate appearances, he has 21 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 26 steals, 49 runs scored, and 34 RBI.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Royals had a couple of empty spots on their 40-man roster, so they had the room to throw a dart here. Because he is out of options, the Royals must put him on their active 25-man MLB roster. That means sometime before Friday, someone has to go. Options include sending Mike Moustakas to AAA to work on his swing, releasing Elliot Johnson, demoting Johnny Giavotella again, or maybe even Miguel Tejada. Tejada brings a lot of intangibles to the table but he may have outlasted his usefulness as a player. It would be great if the Royals released him if they offered him a coaching position, either at the MLB level, or in the minors.