Speier was designated for assignment by the Royals on Friday.

Speier made the Royals' Opening Day roster in 2020, but he gave up five runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out six over 5.2 innings. He was optioned to the alternate training site in August and didn't return to the big leagues. His removal from the 40-man roster will make room for several prospects who will now be protected from the Rule 5 draft.

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