Boyer leaving Royals' system, seeks contract in Japan

OAKLAND -- Right-hander Blaine Boyer has exercised an out clause in his contract and has been released by the Royals' Triple-A club at Omaha so he could pursue a contract with a Japanese team.

Boyer, pitching in relief, had an 0-1 record and a 3.00 ERA in 13 games for the Storm Chasers. In 15 innings, he had 18 strikeouts against three walks.

A veteran of 233 big league games with Atlanta, Arizona, St. Louis and the New York Mets, Boyer, 31, had battled arm problems in recent seasons. Signed as a Minor League free agent, he was in the Royals' Major League camp this year. According to reports, he had regained the velocity on his fastball and was pitching well for Omaha.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.