Mike Minor Returns to the Royals on a 2-Year Deal

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor. Photo by Albert Pena/CSM/Shutterstock (10317989d)

Left-handed starting pitcher Mike Minor, a free agent after his deal expired at the end of the season, has agreed to join the Kansas City Royals for the next two seasons.

Minor, who turned his career around in Kansas City as a reliever and was a key part of the team’s bullpen that season, thus returns to one of his former baseball homes.

The Vanderbilt alum, formerly a top prospect and a quality young pitcher with the Atlanta Braves, suffered a torn labrum that caused him to miss the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons.

He re-appeared as a lefty relief arm with Kansas City in 2017 and then became one of the league’s most consistent left-handed starters after signing a three-year deal with the Rangers in 2018.

Minor compiled a 27-24 record with a 4.07 ERA over the past three seasons, spending most of the time with the Rangers before a late-season trade took him to the A’s last season.

Now, Minor will slot into the Royals’ rotation at the age of 33 and will serve as a veteran presence to mentor young arms like Brady Singer, Kris Bubic, and Brad Keller as the team looks to return to competitiveness in the tough AL Central.

The Royals are expected to make the deal official in the next couple of days.