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Royals, Collins reach deal

February 18, 2012

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— The Royals and left-hander Tim Collins have agreed to terms on a contract for this season, leaving 11 unsigned players on their 40-man roster.

The unsigned players have fewer than three years of service time, which means their contracts can be set at the club’s discretion.

The deal with the 22-year-old Collins was announced Friday, three days before pitchers and catchers are due to report to the team’s spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz.

Collins was 4-4 with a 3.63 earned-run average in 68 relief appearances during his rookie season.

Kansas City begins full-squad workouts on Feb. 25.

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