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Royals sign Kris Medlen to two-year deal

The right-hander was non-tendered by the Braves after undergoing his second Tommy John surgery.

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The Royals have struck again on the free-agent pitching market, announcing that they have signed right-hander Kris Medlen to a two-year deal that includes a mutual option for 2017. According to Ken Rosenthal of, the deal guarantees $8.5 million over the first two seasons, with the mutual option being valued at $10 million and an additional $10 million being available in incentives. If Medlen pitches at full capacity and his option is exercised, the deal could be worth $27.5 million over three seasons.

Medlen, 29, was recently non-tendered by the Braves after missing the entire 2014 season while rehabbing from his second Tommy John surgery. He was previously very effective with Atlanta, posting a 15-12 record and 3.11 ERA in 31 starts with the Braves in 2013 to push his lifetime ERA to 2.95 in 512.2 innings over five major league seasons.

The signing of Medlen is the Royals' second addition of a pitcher coming off Tommy John surgery, as they already re-signed Luke Hochevar to a two-year deal earlier in the offseason. Medlen will provide insurance behind starters Yordano Ventura, Edinson Volquez, Jeremy Guthrie and Danny Duffy in Kansas City's rotation, though he may not be ready to pitch at the start of next season.