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SURPRISE , Ariz. (AP) — first envisioned.Kansas City selected the right-hander in the 20th round of the 2006 amateur draft from Foothill High School in North Tustin, California. He opted to go to Southern Cal, and Cincinnati took him three years later with the 43rd overall pick.After seven seasons in the major leagues with San Diego, Tampa Bay and Arizona, the 30-year-old agreed this month to a $2.2 million, one-year contract with the Royals.“Just the great opportunity I’d have here,” Boxberger explained.Kansas City’s bullpen was a strength when the Royals won the 2015 World Series, a group that included Wade Davis, Greg Holland and Kelvin Herrera. Boxberger was an All-Star that year with the Rays, leading the AL with 41 saves.He joins a bullpen that was among the worst in the major leagues last year , compiling a 5.04 ERA and blowing 24 of 57 save chances.Boxberger will compete for the closer’s job in spring training with Wily Peralta, who had 14 saves in as many opportunities last year after Herrera was traded to Washington.“I don’t determine roles right now,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “They determine themselves. It’s not hard for me to determine.They work themselves out. As we get into spring training, the competition will determine who earns the most high leverage roles. It always has and it always will.”Boxberger had 24 saves and a 3.06 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings the first half of last season with the Diamondbacks, then a 7.00 ERA during the second half while walking 14 and striking out 22 in 18 innings. He had an 11.37 ERA in September.“I think it was just being a little tired,” Boxberger said. “It was my first full season after being hurt for a couple of years. Just being able to get in full season under my belt last year is definitely going to help me coming into this season.He had adductor surgery in 2016, did not pitch in the major leagues until May 31, when he left with a muscle strain in his left side during a game at Kansas City. He did not return to the big leagues until July 31.In 2017, a right flexor strain set back Boxberger, who made his first big league appearance on June 30.Kansas City went 58-104 last season, its poorest record since 2005. After starting the season 1-12 at home Curtis Granderson Jersey , they won 15 of their final 20 games at Kauffman Stadium.“We lost 104 games last year and I couldn’t be more excited coming into spring training because of where we ended up,” Yost said. “That doesn’t mean we’re going to pick up where we left off. You start at square one. We’ve got to continue to work hard to make improvements and get better, but these guys are willing to put in the work and willing to do everything it takes to achieve their dreams and goals.”NOTES: The Royals signed LHP Jake Diekman to a $2.75 million, one-year deal. Diekman will get $2.25 million this season, plus a $500,000 option buyout for 2020. The 32-year-old went 1-2 with a 4.73 ERA in 71 games for Texas and Arizona last season. Kansas City placed RHP Jesse Hahn on the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move. Hahn is recovering from Tommy John surgery. NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets said they’ll give $100,000 retention bonuses to six players at spring training with minor league contracts, assuring depth by keeping outfielders Carlos Gomez, Rajai Davis and Gregor Blanco, left-hander Hector Santiago, catcher Devin Mesoraco and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.Just three other players received the retention bonus offers before Saturday’s noon EDT deadline: Chicago White Sox right-hander Ervin Santana Jaime Garcia Jersey , San Diego catcher Chris Stewart and Toronto right-hander Bud Norris.Players will receive the bonus by April 15 and can start the season in the minor leagues. A player has until May 28 to ask for his release if not added to the 40-man roster by June 1.The deadline was Saturday for teams to make decisions on players who exercised free agency rights after the World Series and then agreed to minor league deals. Teams could inform the player they will be added to the big league roster by opening day next Thursday, offer the retention bonus or release the player.Texas told Logan Forsythe, Jeanmar Gomez and Hunter Pence they will make the opening-day roster, and Pittsburgh notified Melky Cabrera and left-hander Francisco Liriano.Other players told they’ll make the opening-day roster include Detroit second baseman Gordon Beckham, Miami outfielder Curtis Granderson, Cincinnati shortstop Jose Iglesias, San Francisco outfielder Gerardo Parra, Colorado first baseman Mark Reynolds and St. Louis catcher Matt Wieters.Released players may re-sign with the same teams or elsewhere. Players released from minor league deals they signed as free agents included shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielder Eric Young Jr. (Baltimore); right-hander Junichi Tazawa (Chicago White Sox); right-hander Tyler Clippard, infielder Ryan Flaherty and outfielder Matt Joyce (Cleveland); right-hander Randall Delgado and outfielder Brandon Guyer (White Sox); catcher Bobby Wilson (Detroit); right-hander Daniel Hudson (Los Angeles Angels); right-hander Josh Tomlin (Milwaukee); left-hander Tim Collins, first baseman Lucas Duda and infielder Adam Rosales (Minnesota); catcher Drew Butera and infielder/outfielder Andrew Romine (Philadelphia); outfielder Cameron Maybin and catcher Rene Rivera (San Francisco); right-hander Jason Hammel (Texas) and right-hander John Axford (Toronto).
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