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Casey Kotchman is making a comeback with the Royals

Casey Kotchman

Miami Marlins’ Casey Kotchman breaks his bat as he hits into a double play during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Washington. The Nationals won 3-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Journeyman first baseman Casey Kotchman has signed a minor-league deal with the Royals after sitting out last season.

Kotchman was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2001 and played 10 seasons in the majors for seven different teams, most recently with the Marlins in 2013.

He’s a good defensive first baseman and controls the strike zone well, but Kotchman lacks power for the position and is a career .260 hitter with a .711 OPS in 939 games.

Kansas City has Eric Hosmer at first base and signed Kendrys Morales for a bunch of money to replace Billy Butler at designated hitter, so there isn’t much room for Kotchman beyond serving as Triple-A depth.

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