Almonte was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday. Almonte's slim chances of cracking the roster were reduced to none when the Diamondbacks signed Adam Jones. He's not on the 40-man roster, so there's no guarantee he's one of the first options called on when injuries strike Arizona's outfield.
Almonte went 3-for-3 with two RBI in Thursday's 10-7 victory over the Indians. Almonte drove in a pair during the first inning on a grounder that made it through the infield. He's now 5-for-15 this spring with four RBI. Almonte has received playing time in the big leagues over the past two seasons across stops with Cleveland and Kansas City, but he's struggled to find much success at the dish, compiling a .209 average with six homers and 23 RBI over 119 games.
Almonte signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training. Almonte played 50 games with the Royals in 2018 and posted a .179/.260/.284 slash line in 151 plate appearances before being released in July. With A.J. Pollock becoming a free agent, the Diamondbacks have a hole to fill in center field, where Almonte has played the majority of his time in the majors. The 29-year-old seems unlikely to push for a significant role given his career wRC+ of 79, but he will at least get a chance to compete in camp.
The Royals released Almonte on Wednesday. Almonte was the victim of a numbers game in the Kansas City outfield and was designated for assignment Monday. Despite passing through waivers unclaimed, Almonte won't stick around in the organization, as the Royals opted to grant him release in order to pursue opportunities elsewhere. Almonte, who slashed .179/.260/.284 across 151 plate appearances with the big club this season, shouldn't have much trouble securing a minor-league deal with another organization.
The Royals designated Almonte for assignment Monday. The transaction removes Almonte from the 40-man roster and opens up a spot on the active roster for Rosell Herrera, who was reinstated from the paternity list in a corresponding move. Almonte's playing time had been on the decline since Herrera was called up from Triple-A Omaha on June 17 and after Alcides Escobar began seeing more work in the outfield. If the Royals are unable to find a team willing to trade for Almonte or he goes unclaimed off waivers, he'll stay in the organization and report to Omaha.