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Royals designate Johnny Giavotella for assignment

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KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 18: Johnny Giavotella #9 of the Kansas City Royals hits a RBI triple in the sixth inning during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

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To make room on the 40-man roster for Kris Medlen the Royals designated for assignment second baseman Johnny Giavotella, a former second-round draft pick who’s been stuck in the minors.

Giavotella is a career .315 hitter with an .835 OPS and as many walks as strikeouts in nearly 2,000 plate appearances at Triple-A, but he’s struggled in a few stints in the majors and last offseason the Royals signed Omar Infante for $30 million rather than handing him a job.

At age 27 he’s no longer a prospect and Giavotella is limited defensively, but there should be room on some team’s roster for an infielder who can hit.

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