Royals sign Franklin Morales

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The Royals announced this evening that they signed left-hander Franklin Morales to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Morales, 29, spent last season with the Rockies and posted an ugly 5.37 ERA and 100/65 K/BB ratio in 142 1/3 innings across 22 starts and 16 relief appearances. The Royals will likely consider him as bullpen depth in their camp.

Morales has held left-handed batters to a .213/.296/.328 batting line in his career, so he could have value in a specialist role.