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12/11/2008 1:20 PM ET
Royals sign pitchers Horacio Ramirez and Doug Waechter to one-year deals for 2009
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LAS VEGAS -- The Kansas City Royals have signed left-handed pitcher Horacio Ramirez and right-handed pitcher Doug Waechter to one-year contracts for the 2009 season. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

"Our expectation is that Horacio Ramirez will be a part of our starting rotation in 2009," Royals Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager Dayton Moore said. "Waechter will come in to provide depth to our relief corps."

Ramirez, 29, made 15 relief appearances with the Royals in 2008 after being signed as a minor league free agent on May 21. He began the year in camp with the Seattle Mariners, but was released on March 14. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound lefty went 1-1 for Kansas City, posting a 2.59 ERA in 24.1 innings, walking one. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 9 in exchange for minor league outfielder Paulo Orlando. Originally selected by the Atlanta Braves in the fifth round of the 1997 draft, Ramirez is 39-33 with a 4.59 career ERA in 138 appearances, including 104 starts, with the Braves (2003-2007), Mariners (2007), Royals (2008) and White Sox (2008). Born in Carson, Calif., Ramirez now resides in Mableton, Ga.

The 27-year old Waechter went 4-2 with a 3.69 ERA in a career-high 48 relief appearances for the Marlins in 2008. In 63.1 innings, he allowed 63 hits, 29 runs, 26 earned runs and 21 walks while posting 46 strikeouts. Originally a third round selection of the Tampa Bay Rays in 1999, Waechter pitched primarily in a starting role throughout his career before this past season. The 6-foot-4, 209-pounder from St. Petersburg, Fla., is 18-27 in parts of five seasons in the Majors with the Rays (2003-06) and Marlins (2008). He has compiled a 5.30 ERA in 108 appearances, including 54 starts.

When these moves become finalized, a corresponding 40-man roster move will be made.
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