Herges gets non-roster invite to KC camp
Veteran hurler split time between Rox, Indians in 2009
KANSAS CITY -- If relief pitcher Matt Herges makes the Royals' roster this year, he'll do it at the grand age of 40.
The Royals signed the veteran right-hander on Monday to a Minor League contract for 2010 with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. He becomes the 20th non-roster player invited to work out with the 40-man roster at Surprise, Ariz.
Herges divided last season between the Indians and the Rockies, working in 30 games with a 3-1 record and a 3.55 ERA in 34 2/3 innings.
He's also pitched for the Dodgers, Expos, Padres, Giants, D-backs and Marlins, compiling an 11-season record of 43-35 with 34 saves and a 3.91 ERA.
Herges got a late start in the Majors, breaking in at 29 with the Dodgers in 1999. The next year, he posted an 11-3 record for them in 55 relief appearances and the only four starts of his career. In 2004, Herges took over the closing role for injured Robb Nen and notched 23 saves for the Giants. Herges reached the World Series with the Rockies in 2007, and in seven postseason innings, he didn't allow a run.
A product of Illinois State University, Herges signed with the Dodgers in 1992 as a non-drafted free agent. Born in Champaign, Ill., he'll observe his 40th birthday next April 1, four days before the season opener.
Here are the other non-roster players invited to Major League Spring Training:
Pitchers -- Bryan Bullington, Adam Bostick, Jorge Campillo, Bruce Chen, Phil Humber, John Parrish, Nelson Payano, Francisco Rosario, Josh Rupe, Brad Thompson.
Catchers -- Edwin Bellorin, Cody Clark, Steve Lerud, Vance Wilson
Infielders -- Wilson Betemit, Irving Falu, Ernesto Mejia
Outfielders -- Buck Coats, Scott Thorman
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.