Posted: Tue January 7, 2014 6:00PM; Updated: Tue January 7, 2014 6:00PM

Roundup: Royals sign Hernandez to minor league deal

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Ramon Hernandez
Ramon Hernandez played 17 games for the Dodgers in 2013.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Former All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.

The 37-year-old is a career .263 hitter in 15 seasons in the major leagues. His 757 RBIs since the start of the 1999 season are fifth among major league catchers during that span, and his 169 homers are seventh-most among big league catchers.

Hernandez played in 17 games last year for the Los Angeles Dodgers, batting .208 with two doubles, three home runs and six RBIs. He was released June 22.

He was an All-Star in 2003 with Oakland, hitting 21 home runs. He also has played for San Diego, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Colorado.

Kansas City announced the agreement Tuesday.

Pirates sign Andino to minor league deal

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Infielder Robert Andino has agreed to a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 29-year-old hit .302 with nine RBIs in 25 games with Triple-A Indianapolis last year after being acquired by the Pirates in July.

Andino has a .232 career big league batting average in nine seasons with the Marlins, Baltimore and Seattle. Andino appeared in 29 games with the Mariners last season, hitting .184 with four RBI.

His agreement was announced Tuesday.

A's bring back Chavez

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez has reached agreement on a $775,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics.

The team made the announcement Tuesday. Chavez's deal is not guaranteed.

He went 2-4 with a career-low 3.92 ERA and one save in 35 appearances over two 2013 stints with the two-time defending AL West champions. He made $500,000.

Oakland's remaining players eligible for arbitration include catcher John Jaso, new closer Jim Johnson, right fielder Josh Reddick, first baseman Brandon Moss and shortstop Jed Lowrie.

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