The Royals will not stop filling out the organization with veterans and reclamations, continuing their run of small free agent signings on the Monday afternoon by inking two-time All Star Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal.
Buchholz, an 11-year MLB veteran, has spent most of his career with the Red Sox, last season, when he started to games early in the season for the Phillies, before missing the rest of the year with a forearm/elbow injury.
It remains unclear what possible role will play for the Royals, as it isn’t even guaranteed he sees time with the big league club. With the 2016 and 2017 seasons being thoroughly disappointing for the 33-year-old righty, the hope is that he would be able to capture at least a portion of his 2015 season, in which 3.26 ERA and 2.68 FIP in 18 starts.
Buchholz was maintaining his 92-93 MPH fastball velocity pretty consistently throughout his career, up until last year, when his fastball averaged a career-low 90.6 MPH.