Cut loose by Royals, White joins independent team

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--Frank White, who is in the Royals Hall of Fame but was axed by the club as a television commentator in December, has been hired by the Kansas City T-Bones, an independent minor league club in Wyandotte County, Kansas. White, who has a statue outside of Kauffman Stadium, will be a first base coach and serve in a variety of other roles with the T-Bones. White coached and managed in the minors and majors from 1992-2006.

--RHP Roman Colon, who had a 5.33 ERA in 48 relief appearances in 2009-10 with Kansas City, has signed a minor league contract with the Royals. Colon, 32, was released by the Royals last year so he could play in Korea.

--LHP Francisley Bueno, who has been added to the Royals' non-roster spring training invitees, went 4-2 with a 1.90 ERA in 11 games, including seven starts, in the Dominican Winter League. Bueno, 30, held opposing hitters to a .179 average, allowing only 28 hits in 42 2/3 innings. He was 7-5 with a 4.15 ERA last season for Monterrey in the Class AAA Mexican League.

--RHP Jake Odorizzi, who was 10-7 with a 3.73 ERA while splitting time between high Class A Wilmington (Del.) and Class AA Northwest Arkansas, was invited to his first spring training as a non-roster player. Odorizzi was acquired from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade.

--OF Wil Myers, who is considered the Royals' top hitting prospect, received an invitation to his first spring training. Myers battled a knee injury last season and hit only .253 with eight home runs in 99 games with Northwest Arkansas in the Texas League, but had a productive Arizona Fall League.

8-17 -- Royals' record on Wednesdays in 2011, by far their worst record of any day.

"He dominated the Carolina League the half he was there and he went to Double-A, and there's a little bit of a learning curve, but he adjusted really quick. For me, that's a pretty good sign." -- Scott Sharp, the Royals' minor league director, on RHP Jake Odorizzi, who will come to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

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