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BASEBALL: Adcock signs deal, will start in scrimmage Tuesday (02/18)

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By Nathaniel Bryan

It’s been a busy last few days for Kansas City Royals right-handed pitcher Nate Adcock.

On Friday, the former North Hardin star was 1-of-7 players who agreed to one-year contracts with the Royals. Adcock agreed to a deal worth $500,540.

According to the Kansas City Star, “Those salaries are what each player would make if he remains in the majors for the entire season. The major-league minimum salary for 2013 is $490,000. Players make substantially less if sent to the minors.”

On Sunday, Adcock found out he would be the Team USA starter against Team World on Tuesday in the Royals’ intrasquad scrimmages. Bruce Chen and Luis Mendoza were listed as the previous starters. The teams’ lineups will be posted today.

“We’ve got an all-Latin team against an all-USA team (in the first game),” Royals manager Ned Yost told the Star. “Just to have some fun. The second game is going to be the same, but we don’t have enough Latin pitchers. We have to split the pitchers up.”

Adcock went 0-3 in 12 appearances – two starts – for the Royals last year. In 34 2/3 innings, he struck out 22 and had a 2.34 ERA.

Adcock, who turns 25 next week, went 8-6 in 19 appearances with the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate. He struck out 60 in 99 1/3 innings in Omaha.

Earlier this month, Star Royals beat writer Bob Dutton said Adcock could float between the two cities again this season.

“I believe he’s likely to be on the same Omaha-to-Kansas City shuttle as last year, where he starts at Omaha and pitches long relief in the big leagues. Club officials still love his natural hard sinker, and we’ve seen him pitch effectively in the big leagues,” Dutton said. “It could be that Adcock becomes the next Mendoza; not in terms of repertoire but in that circumstances determine how the Royals use his versatility.”