Vasto cleared waivers Tuesday and was assigned outright to Triple-A Iowa.
Vasto was claimed off waivers by the Cubs at the end of October, but apparently went unclaimed after being waived this time around. The 26-year-old may have a chance in spring training to reclaim a spot on the 40-man roster after posting a 3.08 ERA and 1.34 WHIP at the Triple-A level with he Rockies and Royals in 2018.
Vasto has appeared in just six major-league games in his career, with all of them coming this past season. Across 4.1 innings of relief between the Rockies and Royals, he allowed four earned runs off six hits and two walks while striking out four. He finished the season with a solid 3.08 ERA and 1.34 WHIP at the Triple-A level and will fight for a spot on the big-league roster in spring training with Chicago.
Vasto is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Vasto was dealt from the Rockies to the Royals at the end of August, and after briefly reporting to the minor leagues, he'll get a chance with the big-league squad. He managed to appear in just one game out of the bullpen for Colorado in June, as he recorded two outs and allowed three runs on three hits and a walk while striking out one. Vasto figures to serve in a bullpen role down the stretch of the regular season.
Vasto has only appeared in one major-league game this season, but he will add some extra organizational depth to Kansas City following this trade. Across 37 relief appearances with Triple-A Albuquerque in 2018, he's logged a 3.16 ERA and 1.35 WHIP with 44 strikeouts in 37 innings. He will report to Triple-A Omaha.
Vasto was sent back down to Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
With Bryan Shaw (calf) reinstated from the DL, Vasto will return to the Triple-A level. Vasto didn't make an appearance with the Rockies during this short stint in the big leagues, and it's unlikely that he will make an impact out of Colorado's bullpen this season.
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