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Jeremy Guthrie writes heartfelt goodbye note to Kansas City

Jeremy Guthrie said goodbye to Kansas City on Saturday.
Jeremy Guthrie said goodbye to Kansas City on Saturday.

On Monday, ESPN’s Jayson Stark noted that former Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was part of a group of unemployed pitchers who would make a decent rotation.

Guthrie responded with this:

Fans have always appreciated Guthrie’s sense of humor, right?

In recent weeks, Guthrie has been giving away memorabilia and shoes to followers on Twitter as well, and it made me wonder if he was trying to make it easier to pack when he leaves.

That suspicion was confirmed when Guthrie posted a thank you to Royals fans on his Instagram account on Saturday. A few hours later, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Guthrie is expected to sign a minor-league deal with an invitation to the big-league camp. The media company said Guthrie plans to have a physical on Sunday.

Here is what Guthrie, 36, wrote on his Instagram account:

“THANK YOU No other way to express the feelings of my heart or articulate what Kansas City means to my family & me. You are a part of the Guthries forever & we hope we have left you a little better than we found you in 2012. The future will take us on many new adventures but we will always consider KC home.#ForeverRoyal

Guthrie, who was acquired in a trade with the Colorado Rockies on July 20, 2012, was 41-34 with a 4.38 ERA in 109 games (103 starts) with the Royals. He wasn’t part of the postseason roster last year, but he was the Royals’ Game 7 starter against the Giants in the 2014 World Series.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff