Royals sign Kris Medlen for two years, with option for 2017

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Kris Medlen, who missed all of this year recovering from his second Tommy John elbow surgery, has agreed to a two-year contract with the Royals that includes a mutual option for 2017.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s worth $8.5 million in guaranteed money, including a $1 million buyout of a $10 million option, and there are lots of incentives built in as well.

Before blowing out his elbow the 29-year-old Medlen emerged as one of the best starters in the league, posting a 2.47 ERA in 335 innings for the Braves between 2012 and 2013.

He has a 30-13 record and 2.96 ERA in 61 career starts, along with a 2.92 ERA in 91 career appearances as a reliever, so if healthy the Royals are potentially adding a very valuable arm.

Atlanta made Medlen a free agent by non-tendering him in early December with a projected $6 million salary looming via arbitration.