|12/22/01||Signed free-agent RHP Bryan Rekar with an invitation to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.|
|12/20/01||Failed to reach agreement on a contract with RHP Paul Byrd; tendered a contract to LHP Jose Rosado for the 2002 season.|
|12/19/01||Traded a player to be named later to the Chicago Cubs for OF Michael Tucker; designated INF Donnie Sadler for assignment.|
|12/18/01||Signed free agent OF Chuck Knoblauch to a one-year contract; designated for assignment OF Endy Chavez.|
|12/17/01||The Royals avoided arbitration with outfielder Raul Ibanez, signing him to a one-year deal.|
|Signed left-handed pitcher Darrell May. To make room for May on the Royals 40-man roster, the club designated for assignment pitcher Scott Mullen.|
|12/13/01||Acquired RHP Miguel Asencio from the Philadelphia Phillies in the Rule 5 Draft; selected LHP Freddy DePaula from the Oakland Athletics and OF Tydus Meadows from the Chicago Cubs for Triple-A Omaha.|
|12/9/01||Signed IF Luis Alicea to a one-year deal.|
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