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Lugo, Stratton to the Royals, per reports

The Royals have reportedly agreed to deals with a pair of free agent pitchers

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The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with free agent pitchers Seth Lugo and Chris Stratton, per reports.

We shall start with Stratton, even though he’s going to be the smaller deal, since Stratton was just pitching for the Rangers a couple of months ago. The 33 year old righthander — originally a first round pick of the Giants in 2012 — spent time with several teams before going to the Cardinals at the 2022 trade deadline, along with Jose Quintana. The Cards then sent Stratton to the Rangers, along with Jordan Montgomery, at the 2023 deadline in exchange for T.K. Roby, Thomas Saggese and John King.

Stratton logged a whopping 82.2 innings in relief in 2023 over 64 games, including a 3.41 ERA in 29 innings over 22 games for the Rangers. He has a one year deal at $4 million, with a player option for $4 million for 2025, per Jon Heyman.

Stratton’s third most similar pitcher through age 32, per B-R, is Joaquin Benoit, so that’s fun. And his fifth most similar pitcher, period, is Kam Loe.

The Royals’ other pickup, 34 year old righthander Seth Lugo, had spent his entire career with the New York Mets before signing with the San Diego Padres as a free agent last offseason. He had spent 2018-22 primarily working out of the bullpen, but as a starter for San Diego last year, he had a 3.57 ERA and 3.83 FIP in 26 starts.

The Royals are paying Lugo $15 million per year for 2024 and 2025, with a $15 million player option for 2026.