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Moscoso claimed off waiver wire

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Royals pitcher Guillermo Moscoso has been claimed off the waiver wire by an unnamed Major League club and has until next Wednesday to decide if he'll accept it or become a free agent.

The Royals put Moscoso on unconditional release waivers on Wednesday.

Originally, he was expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation, but that possibility was lessened dramatically when the Royals re-signed Jeremy Guthrie and traded for James Shields and Wade Davis. So the Royals decided to release Moscoso, giving him time to catch on with another club before Spring Training ends.

Moscoso was claimed off waivers from the Rockies on Nov. 2. His busiest season as a starter was 2011, when he was 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 21 starts and two relief outings for the Athletics.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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