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Royals reunite with LHP Mike Minor on 2-year, $18-million deal

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Posted at 6:31 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 19:33:19-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Left-hander Mike Minor and the Kansas City Royals have finalized an $18 million, two-year deal, reuniting the 32-year-old starter with the club that helped him revive his career.

Kansas City is bringing in the 2019 All-Star to boost a rotation that leaned largely on unproven youngsters in 2020.

The contract includes a club option for 2023 for $13 million with a $1 million buyout.

The 32-year-old Minor split 2020 between the Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics, going 1-6 with a 5.56 ERA and diminished velocity after posting the best numbers of his career a year earlier.

Minor went 14-10 with a 3.59 ERA in 208.1 innings for the Rangers in 2019.

During his first year with the Royals, Minor missed all of 2016 with an injury. He spent 2017 in the bullpen, going 6-6 with a 2.55 ERA in 77.2 innings across 65 appearances.

Minor returned to a starting role after signing a three-year with Texas before the 2018 season.

He is 71-66 with a 3.98 ERA in 248 career appearances, including 181 career starts.

41 Action News digital news staff contributed to this report.