Royals sign Edinson Volquez for two years, $20 million

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From CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman comes word that the Royals have agreed to terms on a two-year, $20 million free agent contract with Edinson Volquez.

Volquez was one of the worst starting pitchers in baseball in 2013, posting a 5.71 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 170 1/3 innings between the Padres and Dodgers. But he bounced back in 2014 for the Pirates, finishing with a 3.04 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 192 2/3 innings.

Kauffman Stadium is pitcher-friendly and the Royals play excellent defense, so it’s a nice fit for Volquez. The 31-year-old righty joins a Kansas City rotation that already includes Yordano Ventura, Jason Vargas, Jeremy Guthrie, and Danny Duffy.

Bruce Bochy wins 2,000th game as manager

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The Giants handily defeated the Red Sox on Wednesday night, 11-3. The win marked No. 2,000 of manager Bruce Bochy’s storied career, bolstering an already airtight case for the Hall of Fame.

Bochy, 64, is retiring at the end of the season. The skipper began his managerial career in 1995 with the Padres. He led them to the World Series in 1998, but they were swept out of the Fall Classic by the Yankees. Bochy would manage the Padres through 2006, amassing a 951-975 record (.494).

Bochy went to the Giants in 2007, which turned out to be a terrific decision. Bochy’s Giants won the World Series in 2010, ’12, and ’14, beating the Rangers (4-1), Tigers (4-0), and Royals (4-3), respectively. Including Wednesday’s win, Bochy has a 1,049-1,047 (.500) record with the Giants.

There have been only 11 managers in baseball history to win at least 2,000 games as a manager. Connie Mack leads overwhelmingly at 3,731, followed by John McGraw (2,763) and Tony La Russa (2,728). Also in the 2,000-win club are Bobby Cox (2,504), Joe Torre (2,326), Sparky Anderson (2,194), Bucky Harris (2,158), Joe McCarthy (2,125), Walter Alston (2,040), Leo Durocher (2,008), and Bochy.

Next stop, Cooperstown.