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Royals sign Mike Minor to 2-year, $7.25 million deal

The left-hander heads to Kansas City on an incentive-heavy deal.

The Royals have signed left-hander Mike Minor to a 2-year deal that includes a mutual option for 2018, according to a team announcement. As first reported by Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com, the deal includes a $7.25 million guarantee over the next two seasons, with the value being worth $10 million after the 2017 season.

Minor's deal also includes significant incentives, with its total value potentially maxing out around $24 million. MLBTradeRumors.com provided a full look at the extensive incentives.

Minor, just 28, missed the entire 2015 season with shoulder trouble and was non-tendered by the Braves in December in a fashion similar to how the team cut ties with injury-prone starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy in 2014. Medlen signed with the Royals and appeared for Kansas City's major-league club this year, so Minor will hope to follow a similar path as he works his way back from injury.

Minor will join a crowded rotation mix for Kansas City once he is able to return, with Edinson Volquez, Yordano Ventura, Ian Kennedy, Medlen, Danny Duffy, Chris Young and Dillon Gee all in contention for spots.

Minor has spent his entire five-year major-league career with Atlanta, posting a 38-36 record and 4.10 ERA in that span. He was the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft, but has not lived up to expectations just yet at the major-league level.