Royals Sign Veteran Starting Pitcher Away From Rays

David Kaestle
Ryan Yarbrough is signing with the Kansas City Royals.
Ryan Yarbrough is signing with the Kansas City Royals. / Associated Press

The Kansas City Royals are rarely huge players in free agency but they did make a signing on Tuesday night, poaching a veteran pitcher from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Royals Sign Ryan Yarbrough

The Royals inked Ryan Yarbrough to a one-year deal after he spent the first five seasons of his pro career in Tampa with varying success.

Yarbrough's best season was probably his rookie year in 2018 when he went 16-6 with a 3.91 ERA over 147 1/3 innings. The lefty often pitched in a hybrid role for the Rays, alternating between starting and relieving as needed. That may have taken a toll on his arm, however, as he went just 12-15 with a 4.90 ERA over the last two seasons combined.

Yarbrough's versatility and ability to soak up innings will be valuable for a Kansas City team that desperately needs quality innings after finishing last in the AL Central at 65-97 last year. He'll also bring veteran leadership and playoff experience to a team where both are currently in short supply.

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