Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Royals continue to add depth

On Tuesday the Royals added more depth to their pitching staff by signing veteran right hander Sidney Ponson to a minor league contract. Ponson, who broke into the big leagues with the Baltimore Orioles, has bounced around in recent years - spending parts of last season with the Rangers and Yankees.

Ponson has said that as recently as Saturday he had yet to receive any offers from big league teams, though he had received a few inquiring calls from around the league. What seemingly interested the Royals in Ponson was his recent success pitching for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. Ponson's outings in the Classic this season have been impressive to say the least.

This could potentially be a great signing for the Royals. Yes, I understand the Knight from Aruba has had some issues with the law and drinking in the past, but on the mound you know what you are getting from him. He's far from top of the rotation quality, but as a potential No. 4 or 5 guy he's what you're looking for. It is likely he will start the year in Omaha with the potential to pitch his way back to the big leagues if Horacio Ramirez or Luke Hochevar should falter.

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