Taking a break from trading potential franchise cornerstones, Dayton Moore added a few bodies to the fold in Kansas City on Tuesday. The Royals have signed outfielder Willy Taveras and relief pitchers George Sherrill and Dan Wheeler to minor league contracts, via the club’s official Twitter account.
Taveras has not played Major League Baseball since 2010 when he appeared in 27 games for the Washington Nationals, in addition to stints in Triple-A with affiliates of the Rangers, Phillies, and Braves. The speedy outfielder was out of baseball in 2012, having last played with the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs.
Sherrill made just two appearances with the Seattle Mariners in 2012 before undergoing elbow surgery. He holds a career ERA of 3.77 and has struck out 320 batters in 324.1 innings. Wheeler pitched briefly for the Cleveland Indians last season, mostly to disastrous results, but was exiled to the minors and eventually released.
All three are expected to receive invites to spring training. There’s not much here, although, Sherrill could prove to be a nice pick up if he bounces back from Tommy John surgery.