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Royals sign reliever Farnsworth

The Royals finalized a two-year contract with right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth on Saturday.

The deal is worth $8.75 million, which does not include a $5.25 million club option for 2011 with a $500,000 buyout or up to $750,000 in performance bonuses each year.

Farnsworth’s signing is a follow-up to the Royals trading right-handed relievers Leo Nunez and Ramon Ramirez for Mike Jacobs and Coco Crisp.

Farnsworth, who turns 33 in April, is a 10-year veteran who’s pitched for the Cubs, Tigers, Braves and Yankees, exclusively as a reliever since 2001.

He was 2-3 with a 4.48 ERA for the Yankees and Tigers last year, with 70 hits, 22 walks and 61 strikeouts over 60 1/3 innings.

Farnsworth, 6 feet 4 and 230 pounds, has a fastball that’s been clocked at 100 mph that he combines with a slider.

Also on Saturday, the Royals announced that Jairo Cuevas, a right-handed pitcher acquired on waivers from Atlanta, has agreed to a contract with Class AAA Omaha.

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