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Royals Sign Pitcher Pichardo

December 5, 1997

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Free agent pitcher Hipolito Pichardo and the Kansas City Royals agreed Thursday t a $4.75 million, two-year contract.

Pichardo, who went into last season’s spring training in a fight for a spot in the starting rotation, took over as the team’s closer while Jeff Montgomery recovered from shoulder surgery.

Pichardo was 3-5 in 1997 with a 4.22 ERA and 11 saves in 47 appearances.

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