12/6-Royals News(two stories)

KANSAS CITY — The Royals have signed former Braves right-handed prospect Yefri Del Rosario, general manager Dayton Moore confirmed on Tuesday.

The deal is worth $650,000, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez.

Del Rosario, 18, is one of 13 Atlanta prospects who were granted free agency after an MLB investigation determined the Braves circumvented the international signing guidelines.

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According to Sanchez, Del Rosario, who is 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, turned down more lucrative offers elsewhere to sign with the Royals because his idol, the late Yordano Ventura, pitched with Kansas City.

Del Rosario pitched in the Dominican Summer League last year and posted a 1.80 ERA in two starts. He also pitched for the Braves’ Rookie-level team in the Gulf Coast League and posted a 3.90 ERA in 11 games, with 29 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings.

Royals vice president of international operations Rene Francisco said of Del Rosario: “Power arm with a very projectable body. He loves to compete. He was 92-96 [mph] with his fastball last summer with an average breaking ball.”

Francisco credits Albert Gonzalez, recently hired as the assistant general manager of international operations, for selling the organization to Del Rosario.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015.

KANSAS CITY — The Royals on Tuesday signed right-handed swingman Wily Peralta to a one-year deal with a club option for 2019, the club announced.

According to a source, the deal is guaranteed for $1.525 million. Peralta will get $1.5 million in 2018 with a $3 million club option in ’19, and a $25,000 buyout. The deal also includes $1.25 million in incentive bonuses each season.

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If the Royals decline the club option in 2019, Peralta will still be under club control and eligible for salary arbitration, per the source.

Peralta, 28, had spent his entire career in the Brewers’ organization, including parts of the last six seasons at the Major League level. He split 2017 between Milwaukee and Triple-A Colorado Springs, going 5-4 with a 7.85 ERA in 19 appearances, including eight starts, with the Brewers.

“We view him as a potential power arm to the bullpen,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “Certainly we will look at him as possible rotation depth as well.”

Peralta made one start for the Dominican Republic in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, taking a no-decision in a 10-3 victory over Colombia on March 12. He allowed one run on two hits with a walk and six strikeouts over four innings.

Peralta was the Brewers’ most valuable pitcher in 2014, gaining a career-high 17 wins, along with a 3.53 ERA and 22 quality starts.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015.