Royals' Shealy clears waivers, optioned to Class AAA Omaha

FRISCO, Texas | The Royals will be able to hold onto first baseman Ryan Shealy a little longer. Shealy cleared waivers Friday afternoon and was sent on an outright assignment to Class AAA Omaha.

Shealy was one of four players with no options remaining battling for the final two spots on the club’s roster. The other three are shortstop Tony Peña, outfielder Shane Costa and catcher Brayan Peña.

There is no word yet whether any of those three cleared waivers. Costa and Tony Peña can be assigned outright to Omaha, like Shealy, if they clear. Brayan Peña could choose to refuse the assignment and become a free agent.

Players who are out of options can be forced to accept an outright assignment once in their career if they clear waivers.

The Royals also announced reliever Joel Peralta cleared release waivers Friday and is now a free agent. The Royals cut Peralta on Wednesday, which allowed them to recoup roughly $480,000 of his $640,000 salary.

Cutting Shealy reduced the Royals’ camp roster to 31 players. They must get down to 25 by 2 p.m. Sunday.

Shealy is expected to remain with the major-league club as it concludes spring training this weekend in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with two games against the Rangers.

The teams play tonight in Frisco, Texas, before closing their spring schedules Saturday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.