Royals sign veteran Matt Herges to a minor league deal

The announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Matt Herges to a minor league contract for the 2010 season.  Herges will be invited to Major League Spring Training in Surprise, Ariz.

The 39-year old veteran split 2009 between Cleveland and Colorado, compiling a 2-1 record and a 3.55 ERA in 21 relief appearances for the Indians and a 1-0 mark with a 2.89 ERA in nine games for the N.L. Wild Card champion Rockies.  The 6-foot right-hander is 43-35 with a 3.91 career ERA in 567 appearances (4 starts) over parts of 11 seasons for the Dodgers (1999-2001), Expos (2002), Padres (2003), Giants (2003-05), Diamondbacks (2005), Marlins (2006), Rockies (2007-08, 2009) and Indians (2009). 

Herges held the opposition scoreless in all seven of his postseason outings for the 2007 Rockies, including three appearances (3.1 IP) in the World Series.

Born in Champaign, Ill., Herges and his wife, Jane, have two sons, Tyler and Bryce, and one daughter, Julia, and reside in Scottsdale, Ariz.  We welcome Matt to the club!

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