Smith was reassigned to minor-league camp Sunday. Smith made 38 appearances (six starts) with the Royals in 2018 and had an ugly 6.92 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 77:40 K:BB across 78 innings. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the 28-year-old will stretch out as a starter at Triple-A San Antonio.
Smith signed a minor-league contract which includes an invitation to spring training with the Brewers on Friday. Smith made six starts and 32 relief appearances with the Royals last season but without much success, finishing the year with a 6.92 ERA. His ERA as a reliever was over a run better though still quite poor at 5.82, so it will take a significant step forward for him to have value as even a low-leverage option for the Brewers this season.
Smith opted for free agency after being designated for assignment by the Royals in November, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Smith will try his luck on the open market after making 38 appearances (six starts) for the Royals as a Rule 5 pick in 2018. He accrued a 6.92 ERA and 1.67 WHIP over 78 frames, but a 8.9 K/9 hints at some semblance of upside if he can find a way to reduce his walks and do a better job of keeping the ball in the yard.
Smith was designated for assignment by the Royals on Monday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Smith was dropped from the team's 40-man roster in order to free up a spot for Conner Greene, who was claimed off waivers in a corresponding move. The 28-year-old right-hander struggled to a 6.92 ERA and 1.67 WHIP across 78 innings with the Royals in 2018.
Smith has been demoted to the Royals' bullpen, Maria Torres of The Kansas City Star reports. Jorge Lopez, who was recently acquired from the Brewers in the Mike Moustakas trade, will slot into the big-league rotation Wednesday, which would have been Smith's day to pitch. Considering Smith had a 9.67 ERA and 1.70 WHIP over his last six outings (22.1 innings), he had likely already been cut loose in most fantasy formats.