Royals sign versatile IF/OF Chris Owings to one-year deal

The Kansas City Royals added a lot of options to their roster with the free-agent signing of one player, infielder/outfielder Chris Owings.

Owings signed a one-year contract with the club, it announced Wednesday.

Owings made 63 starts for the Diamondbacks last season at five positions — right field (33), center field (10), third base (9), second base (8) and left field (3) — giving the Royals a player who can contribute in a number of ways. In parts of six seasons with the Diamondbacks he has made starts at shortstop (214), second base (145), center field (57), right field (56), third base (9) and left field (3).

Owings, 27, hit .206 (58 for 281) in 106 games in 2018. He was limited to 97 games the year before, yet set career highs with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs. He also tied for the major league lead with 11 triples in 2016. Owings has stolen at least 10 bases in each of the last four seasons.

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