After capturing the American League pennant in 2014, the Kansas City Royals have added to their rotation by signing pitcher Kris Medlen to a two-year deal with a mutual option for a third year, according to the team's official twitter. The contract is worth $8.5 million plus incentives and a $10 million mutual option for the third year, per Ken Rosenthal.
Medlen last pitched in 2013 for the Atlanta Braves, posting a 3.11 ERA and 3.48 FIP with 157 strikeouts and 47 walks in 197 innings. He missed all of the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery because of a tear in his UCL suffered during a spring training game against the Mets on March 9. This was the second Tommy John surgery of his career. The 29-year-old was non-tendered by the Braves on December 2.
Medlen had been a thorn in the Mets' side prior to his injury, pitching to a 2.15 ERA with 66 strikeouts in 71 innings in nine starts against them. If healthy, he and newly-acquired Edinson Volquez will join the Royals' rotation.