Royals News and Notes: Verdugo, 40-man, Top Prospects

Recently acquired prospect Ryan Verdugo was placed on the Royals' 40-man roster today.

The Royals were one of the first teams to make a move -- any move -- this off-season with their trade of Melky Cabrera to the Giants for Jonathan Sanchez and a prospect, Ryan Verdugo. Today, they moved Verdugo to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule-5 Draft.

Don't forget, the Royals were earlier linked to a rumor trading for Jair Jurrjens and Martin Prado in exchange for Lorenzo Cain, one of the top prospects that is now due to play without Cabrera in the way. With Melky gone, the next most trade-able pieces are DH Billy Butler and highly-touted prospect Will Myers. And there's always Joakim Soria, if you're into overpaying for 3 outs. Here's the latest:

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