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Royals sign Mike Minor to two-year contract

The ex-Brave has had injury problems but has some nice upside.

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The Royals have signed left-handed starting pitcher Mike Minor to a two-year contract, according to Jeffrey FlanaganFlanagan reports Minor will earn $2 million in 2016, $4 million in 2017, with a $10 million mutual option in 2018. The option has a $1.25 million buyout.

Minor was a first-round pick for the Atlanta Braves in 2009 out of Vanderbilt. In parts of five Major League seasons with the Braves, he has won 38 games with a 4.10 ERA. His best season came in 2013 when he won 13 games and was a 3.1 rWAR pitcher with a 3.21 ERA. The 28-year old has struck out 7.8 hitters-per nine innings in his career, and throws a fastball in the low 90s, with a slider, knuckle-curve, and changeup.

Minor suffered a torn labrum in spring training last season and missed the entire season, leading him to be non-tendered this off-season.