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Royals ink Goins to Minor League deal

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KANSAS CITY -- The Royals signed former Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins to a Minor League deal on Wednesday with an invite to Spring Training, according to a club official.

Goins, 29, was non-tendered by the Blue Jays last fall.

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals signed former Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins to a Minor League deal on Wednesday with an invite to Spring Training, according to a club official.

Goins, 29, was non-tendered by the Blue Jays last fall.

Goins, a left-handed hitter, could provide middle infield depth for the Royals, who could start the season with Raul Mondesi at shortstop and Whit Merrifield at second base. Shortstop Alcides Escobar remains a free agent.

Goins hit .237 with a .286 on-base percentage for the Jays in 2017. He set career highs in doubles (21), home runs (nine) and RBIs (62).

Goins is a career .228 hitter with a .611 OPS, and he is considered a strong defender.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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