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Kansas City Royals sign Brandon Wood

The Royals bring in an experienced minor-leaguer to add depth to their infield.

Jared Wickerham

The Kansas City Royals have signed utility infielder Brandon Wood to a minor-league contract, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America.

Wood is a former No. 1 prospect for the Los Angeles Angels after being drafted in 2003, and was also the No. 3 overall prospect in 2006, according to Baseball America. He spent seasons 2007-10 going between the Angels and their triple-A affiliate, the Salt Lake Bees.

The ten-year pro spent 2012 with the Colorado Rockies' triple-A team in Colorado Springs, and his most recent major-league stint came with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011.

In 272 career major-league games, Wood has hit .186 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI, while a whopping 29% of his plate appearances have ended in a strikeout. In his more expansive minor-league career of 883 games, Wood hit .281 with 171 home runs and 606 RBI. He will be 28 years old when the 2013 season begins.

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