Royals officially sign Mike Minor through 2022 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Kansas City Royals have signed free agent left-handed pitcher Mike Minor. He has signed a two-year, $18 million deal.

This deal also includes a $13 million option for the 2023 season. The two sides agreed to the deal on Sunday night.

Former Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor throws a pitch against the Seattle Mariners
Mike Minor throws a pitch against the Seattle Mariners (Getty Images)

However, it did not become official until Tuesday. Minor had to pass his pre-signing physical to complete the deal.

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He is expected to receive $7 million for the 2021 season. Then, he’ll be paid $10 million for the second-year of the contract.

Plus, he has a $13 million option for the 2023 season. If the Royals refuse his option, he’ll be paid $1 million, before being a free agent. He can receive $50,000 bonuses for 180 and 200 innings pitched during the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

“We know we needed to add a starter to our young rotation,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “We feel like Mikey gives us a lot of stability, a lot of focus. Somebody who has been successful, can provide us innings, and so it’s just a really, really good fit for us, and we’re grateful that he’s once again going to be a Kansas City Royal.”

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The soon-to-be 33-year-old (turns 33 on December 26th) struggled last season with the Texas Rangers and the Oakland Athletics. He went 1-6 on the season with both teams.

He was traded by the Rangers to the Athletics, along with cash, for players to be named later and future considerations on August 31st, 2020. Prospects Dustin Harris and Marcus Smith went to the Rangers to complete the deal.

By signing with the Royals, he returns to the team, where he played in 2017. He went 6-6 during his lone season in Kansas City.

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He also had a 2.55 ERA in 65 appearances, including 13 games finished and six saves. Minor allowed 23 runs, including 22 earned runs, including five home runs, on 57 hits, in 77 2/3 innings.

“Of course we have a history with Mikey,” Moore said. “A history and a relationship we felt was important. We have a special history with Mike, and he has great trust in our medical people, our coaching staff.”

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