The Royals have added former first baseman Mike Sweeney to their front office, giving him the title of special assistant to baseball operations.

Sweeney was a five-time All-Star for the Royals, and arguably their most popular player from 1995-2007. He was a career .297 hitter who finished with 215 homers and 909 RBIs, even though he dealt with persistent back trouble that caused him to miss long stretches of time.

It wasn't immediately clear what Sweeney's duties will be, though general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement that he will work closely with the baseball operations department.

Sweeney said Friday that he hopes to help Kansas City return to the playoffs, something he was unable to accomplish as a player.

• The Royals also announced that they have secured outright waivers on left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford and assigned him to Triple-A Omaha. Teaford had been designated for assignment on Jan. 29.

Teaford has been invited to the Royals’ major league spring training camp, which begins Feb. 14, when pitchers and catchers are expected to report.