The Royals are trying to rationalize a roster spot for Cuthbert, who filled in for an injured Mike Moustakas last season at third base and hit .274 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs in 128 games. But Moustakas is healthy and will reclaim his job at third.
And that leaves Cuthbert without a spot, particularly since the Royals also acquired Brandon Moss in the offseason to serve primarily as the DH.
Further complicating matters is that Cuthbert is out of options. Thus, the Royals are hoping Cuthbert can increase his versatility, which would justify him taking the 25th spot on the roster.
Cuthbert has worked at second base off and on over the past few years. But he did so more intensely this offseason.