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Rotowire: Dec 18 / 12:23p ET
News: Medlen (elbow) signed a two-year contract with the Royals on Thursday that includes a mutual option for 2017.
Impact: The Braves were pushing to re-sign Medlen to a two-year deal after declining to tender him a contract earlier this month, but Royals GM Dayton Moore -- a former Braves exec - swooped in and signed the right-hander away. Medlen underwent his second Tommy John surgery in March and missed the entire 2014 season as a result, but he went 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in his first full season as a starter in 2013. It's uncertain when Medlen will be ready to return, but he could wind up playing a significant role in the Royals' rotation during the second half of the season.
StatsLLC: Dec 18 / 12:00a ET
News: Medlen has agreed to an $8.5 million, two-year contract with the Kansas City Royals after missing last season while he recovered from Tommy John surgery. Medlen, who hurt his elbow in spring training, also missed most of the 2011 season while he was rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
Impact: Medlen will make $2 million next year and $5.5 million in 2016 under the agreement announced Thursday and could earn up to $10 million in performance bonuses based on starts and innings. The deal includes a 2017 option with a $1 million buyout. The 29-year-old went 14-12 with a 3.11 ERA in 2013, his only full season as a starter, and went 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his last five starts.