Viloria signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Wednesday. He most recently hit .233/.367/.384 with five home runs in 54 games at Triple-A last season as a member of the Royals organization. Viloria will likely spend most of this season at Triple-A providing organizational catching depth.
Viloria was outrighted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Tuesday. Viloria has appeared in 67 games at the big-league level but hasn't looked like even a backup option behind the plate, hitting just .215/.266/.287. It's no surprise that he passed through waivers unclaimed, though he's still just 24 years old, so it's certainly possible he continues to improve and winds up back in the big leagues eventually.
The Royals designated Viloria for assignment Thursday. The catcher was cast off the 40-man roster to clear a spot for outfielder Kyle Isbel, who will start and bat seventh Thursday against the Rangers in his MLB debut. Viloria missed out on the Royals' Opening Day roster after the team named Cam Gallagher the top backup to No. 1 backstop Salvador Perez.
Viloria was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday. Viloria has spent parts of each of the last three seasons in Kansas City, racking up 201 plate appearances while serving as the club's backup catcher. However, with both Salvador Perez and Cam Gallagher healthy at this point, he appears set to begin the season in the minors.
Viloria was optioned to the alternate training site Friday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Viloria joined the Royals with Salvador Perez (eye) sidelined, and he received 21 at-bats over 15 games in his time with the team. Perez returns from the injured list Friday with Cam Gallagher set to work as the reserve catcher.