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Royals to sign reliever Chris Stratton

The Royals are looking to upgrade the bullpen too.

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On the heels of signing pitchers Will Smith and Seth Lugo, the Royals have reportedly added another pitcher to their staff, with Anne Rogers reporting they are finalizing a deal with reliever Chris Stratton on a one-year deal with a player option.

The 33-year-old right-hander had a 3.92 ERA with 81 strikeouts in 82 23 innings for St. Louis and Texas this year, winning a title with the Rangers. He is an eight-year MLB vet, having spent time with the Giants, Angels, and Pirates as well. He posted the best walk rate of his career this year, walking just 7.4 percent of opposing hitters.

Stratton throws a very effective 93 mph four-seam fastball that opponents hit just .188 against with a 24.6 percent whiff rate. He also throws a slider, curve, and change. He netted the highest groundball rate of his career at 45 percent this year.

Stratton joins Smith, his teammate with the Rangers, in the Royals bullpen. Nick Anderson, Carlos Hernández, and James McArthur are also likely relievers for Kansas City, but there could be more upgrades coming.