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Royals sign Jon Rauch

Miami Marlins v Cincinnati Reds

CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 21: Jon Rauch #60 of the Miami Marlins pitches against the Cincinnati Reds in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park on April 21, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rauch gave up five runs on four hits in only two-thirds inning pitched as the Reds topped the Marlins 10-6. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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Jon Rauch, who was released by the Marlins and Orioles last season before sitting out the second half, has signed a minor-league deal with the Royals, according to Jon Heyman of

Rauch will get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll compete for a middle relief gig in Kansas City’s relatively stacked bullpen.

Rauch was terrible for the Marlins last year, but it was only 17 innings and he threw 58 innings with a 3.59 ERA and 42/12 K/BB ratio for the Mets in 2012. At age 35 he’s nearing the end of the line, but the 6-foot-10 right-hander could be useful and the price is certainly right.

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