Royals sign lefty Doug Davis to minor league deal

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From Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star comes word that the Royals have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with left-hander Doug Davis.

Davis will report to extended spring training in Arizona and spend a few weeks working out there before joining the rotation at Triple-A Omaha.

A 36-year-old former 10th-round pick, he failed to attract free agent interest this winter and spring after registering a 6.50 ERA, 1.86 WHIP and 36/26 K/BB ratio across 45 2/3 innings (nine starts) last year for the Cubs.

The Royals could give Davis a shot in the majors eventually if he gets off to a nice start on the farm.

Kansas City’s staff ERA was 4.85 entering play Saturday, which ranked 27th among the 30 MLB teams.