Boxberger and Royals finalize $2.2 million, 1-year contract

2 weeks 22 hours 45 minutes ago Thursday, February 07 2019 Feb 7, 2019 Thursday, February 07, 2019 7:33:00 PM CST February 07, 2019 in Sports
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Kansas City Royals signed reliever Brad Boxberger to a $2.2 million contract for this season Thursday night, adding a veteran arm to a bullpen in which plenty of jobs will be available in spring training.

The 30-year-old right-hander was 3-7 with 32 saves in 40 chances and a 4.89 ERA for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season, striking out 71 in 53 1.3 innings.

He was an All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015 but was not used by the AL manager, Kansas City's Ned Yost. His fastball's average velocity has dropped from 94 mph in 2014 to 91.76 mph last year.

Boxberger has 76 saves in seven big league seasons that included time with San Diego (2012-13), the Rays (2014-17) and Diamondbacks (2018).

He became a free agent when Arizona failed to offer a 2019 contract by the Nov. 30 deadline.

Boxberger can earn an additional $500,000 in bonuses for appearing in 60 games and finishing 45 of them. He could compete with Wily Peralta, who was 14 of 14 in save opportunities last season, to close out games in Kansas City.

Boxberger was drafted by the Royals in 2006 but went unsigned, instead pitching for Southern California.

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