Anna signed a minor league contract with the Royals on Monday. Anna batted .266 in 383 plate appearances over 106 games with Triple-A Memphis in the Cardinals' system last season. He has made just 26 career plate appearances in the majors, so he isn't a likely candidate for a spot in Kansas City. Expect him to serve as organizational depth.
Anna was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Sunday. Anna had be serving as organizational depth at the Triple-A level, but the team needed his 40-man roster spot to execute multiple activations Sunday morning. He hasn't seen much action in the majors over the past few seasons anyway, and posted a .685 OPS for the Redbirds this year over 106 games.
Anna was assigned to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, MLB.com reports. Anna was a long shot to make the majors out of spring training, and the Cardinals' signing of Ruben Tejada on Saturday only further complicated matters for the 29-year-old. He'll likely spend the bulk of the campaign at Memphis, and doesn't look to be much more than organizational depth for the Cardinals.
Anna went 1-2 with an RBI in Wednesday's spring training matchup with Atlanta. Anna has had 10 at-bats this spring, scoring four runs and stealing two bases. The 29-year-old shortstop only has 23 career at-bats in the majors, compiling a .136 average during that time. Seeing as how the Cardinals have three shortstops ahead of Anna on their depth chart, he will likely start the 2016 season at Triple-A Memphis where he left off last season.
The Cardinals activated outfielder Peter Bourjos off the paternity list, and optioned infielder Dean Anna down to Triple-A Memphis on Friday, per the team's official website. Bourjos has been held without a hit in his first four at-bats of the season.