The Royals signed Kyle Lohse. Yes, Kyle Lohse.

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Here’s a name I haven’t heard in a while: Kyle Lohse. As in, “the Royals have signed Kyle Lohse to a minor league deal.”

Lohse is 39 and hasn’t pitched since 2016, when he gave up 13 runs on 15 hits in two starts (9.1 IP) for the Rangers. I would’ve bet a pretty tidy sum of money that that was the end of his 16-year career, but stranger things have happened I suppose.

Worth noting too, that this is a zero-cost depth move, not a situation in which the Royals are asking Lohse to actually do anything other than go to Omaha and eat innings with anything else being a bonus. If he does appear in the bigs this year it’ll likely be after the Royals are well out of it, with his arm taking the heat in meaningless games rather than arms that, one day, will be throwing pitches that matter more.