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Former D-backs closer Boxberger reportedly agrees to deal with Royals

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Boxberger works against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Former Arizona Diamondbacks closer Brad Boxberger has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals, according to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan. 

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweeted that the deal is pending a physical and is worth $2.2 million plus $1 million in incentives.

The D-backs acquired Boxberger from the Tampa Bay Rays in November 2017 in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Curtis Taylor.

The 30-year-old relief pitcher appeared in 60 games last year with the D-backs and pitched to a record of 3-7 while recording 32 saves.

Boxberger’s 2018 was a bit of a struggle as he tied his career high in walks allowed (32) and recorded the second highest earned-run average of his career (4.39).

The D-backs originally had Boxberger under team control through the end of the 2019 season, however they decided to non-tender the righty in November, making him a free agent.

Before joining the D-backs, Boxberger was orginally a 20th-round pick by the Royals in 2006, but decided not to sign and attend USC instead.

In 2015, Boxberger was an All-Star with Tampa when he led the American League in saves with 41.

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