AP source: Boxberger and Royals agree on $2.2 million deal

DAVE SKRETTA (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press
FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks closer Brad Boxberger throws against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a $2.2 million, one-year deal with reliever Brad Boxberger. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 because the agreement was pending a successful physical. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

Boxberger and Royals finalize $2.2 million, 1-year contract

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks closer Brad Boxberger throws against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a $2.2 million, one-year deal with reliever Brad Boxberger. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 because the agreement was pending a successful physical. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a $2.2 million, one-year deal with reliever Brad Boxberger.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement was pending a successful physical.

MLB Network was first to report a deal was in place.

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Royals general manager Dayton Moore said last week he was open to adding help in the bullpen ahead of spring training. The 30-year-old Boxberger, a former All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays, had a 4.89 ERA and 32 saves with the Diamondbacks last season.

The right-hander became a free agent when Arizona failed to offer a 2019 contract by the Nov. 30 deadline.

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