Royals sign former All-Star catcher

KANSAS CITY (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have signed former All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez to a minor-league contract for 2014.

The 37-year-old is a career .263 hitter in 15 seasons in the major leagues. His 757 RBI since the start of the 1999 season are fifth among major-league catchers during that span, while his 169 home runs are seventh-most among big-league catchers.

Hernandez played in 17 games last year for the Los Angeles Dodgers, batting .208 with two doubles, three home runs and six RBI. He was released June 22.

He was an All-Star in 2003 with the Oakland A’s, hitting 21 home runs. He also has played for the San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies.

Terms of his deal were not released.

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