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Kansas City Royals Sign Juan Gutierrez, Three Others To Minor League Deals

The Kansas City Royals pulled off a few minor moves today that went under the radar, yet it's also these types of moves that can often pay off more than anyone realizes during the season. That's what the Royals have to hope for as they signed four players to minor league deals today: Juan Gutierrez, Francisley Bueno, Max Ramirez and Greg Golson.

Jason Churchill of ESPN gives a bit of insight on all three when he writes, "Gutierrez has the stuff to pitch in a big league bullpen but has yet to learn to throw enough strikes to take advantage of his bat-missing arsenal that has produced 152 whiffs in 169 career innings.

"Golson, 26, has sporadic big-league experience but is athletic with gap power. He does strike out quite a bit and scouts tell Rumor Central that he's an extra outfielder at best. Ramirez isn't much of a defender but has put up good offensive numbers in the minors. In two stints in the majors, however, he's produced a .341 on-base percentage in 140 plate appearances, despite a .217 batting average."