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Royals sign left-handed reliever Scott Downs

Jul 6, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

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From beat writer Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star comes word that the Royals have agreed to terms on a major league contract with left-handed reliever Scott Downs, who will join the big league bullpen immediately. Casey Coleman was optioned to Triple-A Omaha to clear a 25-man roster spot.

Downs got released by the White Sox late last week after posting a rough 6.08 ERA and 1.65 WHIP over 23 2/3 innings. The veteran southpaw had a shiny 2.49 ERA in 43 1/3 innings last season between the Angels and Braves, holding left-handed hitters to a .259/.333/.296 slash line.

The 38-year-old Downs may have a little something left in the tank.

  1. knoiro - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Who are they trying to kid? They trying to fool the Royals’ fans by making moves like this one. Is the front office making a foolish attempt at trickery? At 38-39 years old, he will provide one thing…. AGE. Funny, Ibanez (42) and now Downs (39) added to the team in less than a week. They have raised the average age of the team by almost 2 years. LOL what an improvement.

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