Bailey signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Saturday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training.

The Royals don't have much in the way of established rotation arms, so Bailey should at the very least receive a token opportunity to audition for a starting gig in spring training. That being said, the 32-year-old has shown little evidence over the past three seasons in Cincinnati that he's worthy of an extended look in the majors. During that span, Bailey has gone 9-26 with a 6.29 ERA (5.03 FIP) and 6.9 K/9 across 44 starts. In the likely event that Bailey fails to break camp with the big club, he may not be willing to accept an assignment to Triple-A Omaha and could request his release from the organization.

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