The Royals have designated Hunter Dozier for assignment to make room for Nicky Lopez, who rejoins the active roster after being out with an appendectomy. Dozier was hitting just .183/.253./305 with two home runs in 91 plate appearances this year. He is owed $7.5 million this year, plus $9.25 million next year with a $1 million buyout for 2025, all of which the Royals are still obligated to pay out.
The former 2013 first-round pick out of Stephen F. Austin has had an up-and-down career with the Royals. He struggled initially in the minors and suffered injuries which delayed his development. He broke through in 2019, his first full season in the big leagues, when he hit .279/.348/.522 with 26 home runs and a league-leading 10 triples.