Kansas City Royals Re-Sign Free Agent Starter

After a winter of searching for a role with a new team, Daniel Mengden is returning to the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals have brought back right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden on a minor-league deal for the 2023 season.

Mengden, who played for the Royals last season, spent most of his time at Triple-A Omaha, where he recorded a 5.20 ERA across 109 innings.

At 30 years old, he is considered to be an option for emergency starting pitching rather than a regular starter. Mengden will start the minor-league season with Triple-A Omaha, hoping to earn a call-up to the major leagues in the future.

For his major-league career, Mengden has compiled a 4.65 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, with 232 strikeouts over 309.2 innings and 65 appearances (49 starts).

He's a former fourth-round pick by the Houston Astros in the 2014 MLB Draft. Photo Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports