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Royals sign Matt Harvey to minor league deal

The Associated Press
Former New York Mets All-Star pitcher Matt Harvey, who struggled with the Los Angeles Angels last season, has signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals.

The Kansas City Royals signed former All-Star Matt Harvey to a minor league contract.

The Royals announced the move before Tuesday night's game at Detroit. The 31-year-old Harvey has struggled to recapture the form that made him a key member of the New York Mets when they faced Kansas City in the 2015 World Series.

Harvey went 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA in 12 starts for the Los Angeles Angels last year. The right-hander made 28 starts the previous season for the Mets and Cincinnati Reds.

Harvey signed a minor league deal with Oakland last August but never pitched for the Athletics in the major leagues.

Harvey was an All-Star in 2013 and helped the Mets to the World Series two years later after returning from Tommy John surgery. He started Game 5 against the Royals before Kansas City rallied to tie it with two runs in the ninth and win the decisive game 7-2 in 12 innings to claim its first World Series title since 1985. Harvey hasn't had a winning season since and has struggled to stay healthy.

He was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 29 starts in 2015. He was 34-37 with a 3.66 ERA in parts of six seasons with the Mets.