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Royals sign reliever who once retired from baseball to minor-league contract

Blaine Boyer pitched in 32 games with the Red Sox last season, posting a 4.35 ERA over 41 1/3 innings.
Blaine Boyer pitched in 32 games with the Red Sox last season, posting a 4.35 ERA over 41 1/3 innings. AP

The Royals announced Wednesday afternoon that they signed right-handed relief pitcher Blaine Boyer to a minor-league contract with an invite to major-league spring training.

Boyer, 36, pitched in 32 games with the Red Sox last season, posting a 4.35 ERA over 41  1/3 innings.

A journeyman, Boyer has not spent more than one season with a team since playing for the Diamondbacks from 2009-10.

He retired from baseball in 2012 and took a job at a brokerage firm. But he reached out to Royals general manager Dayton Moore, who knew Boyer from their shared time in the Braves’ organization, ahead of the 2013 season. He asked for a job, according to a report by MassLive.com, and was given a chance despite not pitching in the majors since 2011. Boyer appeared in 13 games at Class AAA Omaha and was released.

Boyer eventually found some success at the major-league level with the Twins in 2015, following stints in Japan and San Diego. Despite a 3-6 record, Boyer recorded a 2.49 ERA in 68 games (65 innings). He was unable to replicate that with Milwaukee, where he appeared in 61 games and had a 3.95 ERA.

Boyer owns a career 4.19 ERA. Batters have hit .275 against him through 11 seasons. Picked in the third round of the 2000 draft out of Walton High School in Marietta, Ga., by the Braves, Boyer pitched in Atlanta from 2005-09 before being traded to the Cardinals.

Barring any free-agent additions in the final days before spring training, the Royals are expected to spend more than $110 million in payroll in 2018, a reduction of more than $30 million from last season, according to a Star analysis of the proje

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