Catcher Kendall agrees with Royals

BY foxsports • December 12, 2009

Jason Kendall agreed Friday to a $6 million, two-year contract with the Kansas City Royals and is expected to become their everyday catcher.

Kendall is a .290 hitter over his 14-year career. The 35-year-old was an All-Star in 1996, 1998 and 2000 but hit just .241 with two homers and 43 RBIs last season with Milwaukee.

He has 376 career doubles, 177 stolen bases and a .369 on-base percentage in a career that has included stops in Pittsburgh, Oakland and with the Chicago Cubs. Kendall also has been hit by 248 pitches, fifth most all-time.

The Royals did not offer a contract to Miguel Olivo, who led the team last year with 23 home runs, and aren't expected to re-sign backup catcher John Buck.

Kansas City also signed six players to minor league deals, including left-hander Bruce Chen.

The 32-year-old Chen made 17 appearances for the Royals last season, including nine starts, going 1-6 with a 5.78 ERA. He is 36-43 since debuting with the Atlanta Braves in 1998.

Right-hander Devon Lowery, a former prospect who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, also signed a deal. Lefty Adam Bostick signed with the Royals after spending three seasons in the New York Mets system, as did first baseman Ernesto Mejia, right-hander Francisco Rosario and veteran catcher Vance Wilson.

Those six were among the 16 players invited to spring training on Friday.

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