The Royals have signed pitcher Zach Miner to a minor league contract, according to a team press release. The 28-year-old missed all of 2010 after undergoing surgery on his right elbow in late May.
In four seasons for the Tigers, the right-hander registered a 4.24 ERA with 6.0 K/9 and 4.4 BB/9. Miner has 35 starts to his credit but the bulk of them came in 2006 and 2008.
Detroit designated Miner for assignment in late November but the two sides discussed a new deal soon after. Miner gave the Tigs a solid 56.1% groundball rate in 2007 but that number slipped in '08 and '09.