The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed three players to minor league contracts for the 2014 season. The club plans to announce Major League Spring Training invitations at a later date.
Infielder Brian Bocock, 28, played a combined 53 games between Syracuse (AAA) and Indianapolis (AAA), hitting .175 with seven doubles, three homers and nine RBI. He has spent parts of two seasons in the Major Leagues, appearing in 32 games for the San Francisco Giants in 2008 and playing in six games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010. He was a ninth-round selection by the Giants in 2006 and participated in the XM Satellite Radio Futures All-Star Game in 2007.
Outfielder Johermyn Chavez, 24, joins the Royals after spending the 2013 season in the Chicago Cubs' organization, at Tennessee (AA). Chavez played 24 games in the outfield, batting .206 with four doubles, seven runs scored and a .306 on-base percentage. He also pitched in five games, going 1-1 with an 8.53 ERA, allowing six earned runs on six hits in 6.1 frames. Chavez was a 2010 Postseason All-Star in the California League, while playing for High Desert (A-Advanced), when he hit .315 with 32 homers and 97 RBI.
Right-handed pitcher Cory Wade, 30, pitched for three different organizations in 2013, spending time at the Triple-A level with Iowa, Durham and Las Vegas. He posted a combined record of 4-4 with 3.86 ERA in 42 games, while making five starts - all for Durham. Wade has spent four seasons in the Major Leagues, pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-09) and New York Yankees (2011-12). His best season came in 2011 with the Yankees, when he went 6-1 with a 2.04 ERA in 40 relief appearances, allowing just eight walks and striking out 30 in 39.1 innings.