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Royals Sign Medlen And Volquez To Two Year Deals

The Kansas City Royals added two arms on Thursday to strengthen their starting rotation when they signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Edinson Volquez.

The Royals, who came one game away from winning their first World Series Championship since the 1985 squad, added former Atlanta Braves righty Medlen for two years, at $8.5 million dollars and with multiple options for 2017. The 29-year old had a breakout season in 2012, when he pitched out of the pen and was 10-1, with a 1.57 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 197 innings.  In 2013, Medlen joined the starting rotation for the Braves and finished 15-12, with a 3.12 ERA. But he lost all of the 2014 season as he underwent Tommy John surgery and was left without a contract for the upcoming season.

Earlier in the day the Royals also added Volquez, a 31-year old right hander, who was 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. His best season on the mound came in 2008 when he was an all star with the Cincinnati Reds and posted a 17-6 record and finished fourth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. As reported by multiple media sites, the Royals signed Volquez to a two-year contract worth $20 million dollars. Kansas City will be the sixth organization that Volquez has pitched for in his 10-year major league career.

Both Volquez and Medlen join a rotation that is already features Jason VargasJeremy Guthrie, Yordano Ventura,and  Danny Duffy.

(Featured Photo Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports)

David Conde
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