May 22, 2023

Royals designate veteran Hunter Dozier for assignment

Posted May 22, 2023 9:17 PM

St. Joseph Post

The Kansas City Royals announced Monday that infielder Hunter Dozier, who’s playing out the third season of a four-year contract worth a guaranteed $25 million, has been designated for assignment.

His spot on the active roster will go to infielder Nicky Lopez, who is returning from the 10-day injured list.

Dozier, 31, was the No. 8 overall selection in the 2013 draft.

The Royals will have a week to trade Dozier, pass him through waivers or release him. Either way, this likely spends the end of Dozier's time with the team.

If he becomes a free agent, he’d be able to sign with any of the 29 other teams, who’d only owe him the prorated league minimum for any time spent on the big league roster/injured list. That amount would be subtracted from what the Royals owe Dozier, but they’ll remain on the hook for the vast majority of his contract.