The Royals on Saturday signed former Indians utility man Jason Donald and former Yankees outfielder Melky Mesa to Minor League contracts. The club also said it would announce at a later date whether either player would get an invitation to big league Spring Training camp.
Donald, 29, spent the 2013 season with the Reds' Triple-A affiliate, but he appeared in the Majors for Cleveland in three straight seasons from 2010-12, playing a career-high 88 games in 2010. He is a right-handed hitter with a .257 average, 39 extra-base hits and 43 RBIs in 170 big league games.
Mesa is 26 and played in five games for the Yankees last season, going 5-for-13 with two doubles and two runs scored. He also hit .261 in 84 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with 15 doubles, 13 homers and 39 RBIs.
Mesa's best season was 2012, when he hit a combined .264 with 23 homers and 67 RBIs between Double-A Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.