The Kansas City Royals have signed veteran catcher Jason Kendall to a minor league deal, the team has announced:
Kendall will report to the Royals’ Double-A affiliate and will begin play tomorrow. He last played in the majors with the Royals during the 2010 season and went .256/.318/.297 in 118 games. The 38-year-old missed all of the 2011 season due to injury, and the Royals granted him free agency in October.
He played for five teams over 15 Major League seasons and owns a career .288/.366/.378. His best years came as a member of the Pirates, when he was named to three All-Star games and hit .306/.387/.418 over nine seasons in Pittsburgh.
Kendall last played in the minors during the 1995 season with the Pirates’ Double-A club. He has never played at the Triple-A level.