Royals, Kouzmanoff agree to minor league contract

Third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and the Kansas City Royals have

agreed to terms on a minor league contract that includes an

invitation to spring training.

The team announced the deal Saturday. Terms were not

disclosed.

Kouzmanoff hit .235 with seven homers and 33 RBIs in 73 games

for Oakland and Colorado last season. He’s a career .255 hitter

over six seasons that included stops in Cleveland and San

Diego.

The veteran led all National League third baseman in 2009 with a

.990 fielding percentage, and averaged nearly 19 homers per season

from 2007-10, when he played regularly.

He’ll have a chance to compete for a utility job backing up Mike

Moustakas at third base.