Royals tweak roster in preparation for 40-man deadline

The Royals were busy making roster moves Friday

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Reliever Tim Collins chose to become a free agent rather than accepting an outright assignment from the Royals on Friday.

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The offseason reserve list deadline hits at 7 p.m. Friday, and the Kansas City Royals were busy making moves to set the club’s 40-man roster in time.

Rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Omaha, left-handed reliever Tim Collins chose to become a free agent. In addition, the club selected the contracts of pitchers Andrew Edwards and Jake Junis from Omaha and catcher Cam Gallagher and first baseman Samir Duenez from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

To make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated catcher Tony Cruz for assignment.