The Kansas City Royals have signed infielder Dean Anna to a minor league deal, per Baseball America's minor league free agent transactions page, and also confirmed by, well, Dean himself via Twitter.
Excited to signed with the Kansas City Royals. Looking forward to getting to spring Training and working with the guys over there.- Dean Anna (@Dino247Baseball) January 23, 2017
Anna played the entire 2016 season in the Pacific Coast League with the Memphis Redbirds, batting .276 (89-334), adding 48 runs, 17 doubles, one triple, two homers and 39 RBI, along with a .344 on-base percentage. He played the majority of this past season playing second base, though has shown he can also play shortstop, third base, and both corner outfield spots.
The 30-year-old made his Major League debut with the New York Yankees on April 4, 2014 versus the Toronto Blue Jays. He has recorded three hits in 23 at-bats between the Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals (2015), along with three runs, one double, a homer and three RBI.
He was originally selected by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Ball State University in Indiana. Anna would then later be acquired in a November 20, 2013 trade by the Yankees, and eventually claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 5, 2014. He went on to sign a minor league pact with the Cardinals, and played in one contest with St. Louis while spending the majority of the past two years with Memphis.
Anna has enjoyed good numbers against the Storm Chasers over his PCL career between Memphis and the Tucson Padres (2013), combining for a .320 average (31-97) over 27 contests, along with 15 runs, seven doubles, one homer and 11 homers. That includes a .348 clip (16-46) in 13 career games at Werner Park, adding nine runs, four doubles, one homer and eight RBI. Anna was also honored as a Pacific Coast League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star in 2013.