The Royals added another veteran pitcher to their list of spring training invites, signing right-hander Peter Moylan to a minor-league deal.
Moylan, 37, is a submarine-style reliever who appeared in 22 games last season for the Atlanta Braves, recording a 3.48 ERA in 10 1/3 innings. He had eight strikeouts and zero walks in limited action.
A native of Australia, Moylan returned from a second Tommy John surgery during the 2015 season. He didn’t appear in the big leagues in 2014.
Moylan previously spent seven seasons in the Braves organization, his best season coming in 2009, when he threw a career-high 73 innings while posting a 2.84 ERA.
He is the Royals’ 18th non-roster invitee heading to major-league spring training in February. The list is highlighted by veterans Dillon Gee and Chien-Ming Wang. Gee and Wang, both right-handers who signed minor-league contracts this offseason, are joined by left-handed pitchers David Huff and John Lannan and infielder Cody Decker.
The other non-roster invitees have experience in the Royals’ organization. They are: right-handers Christian Binford, Aroni Nina and Brooks Pounders, left-handers Jonathan Dziedzic and Sam Selman, catchers Zane Evans, Cameron Gallagher and Parker Morin, and infielders Orlando Calixte, Dusty Coleman, Hunter Dozier and Whit Merrifield.
The entire Royals’ 40-man roster, which includes right-hander Kyle Zimmer and outfielders Bubba Starling, Brett Eibner and Jorge Bonifacio, will also be invited to spring training.
The Royals will have to drop a player from the 40-man roster to add right-hander Ian Kennedy, who has agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract. The deal will become official once Kennedy completes a physical.
Pitchers and catchers report to Surprise on Feb. 18 with workouts starting the next day. The full squad reports Feb. 22 with the first full workout on Feb. 23. The Royals’ first spring training game is March 2.