According to Heyman, Hochevar will receive a two-year deal worth $10 million.
Hochevar missed all of the 2014 season after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He had Tommy John surgery and hopes to be ready for next season.
Hochevar was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 MLB Draft. In the last season he pitched, in 2013, he went 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA and 0.82 WHIP and 82 strikeouts in 70 1/3 innings. He spent the majority of his first six seasons with the team as a starter.
Hochevar, 31, will join Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland, who formed one of MLB's elite bullpens, helping the Royals to a World Series appearance last season, which they lost in seven games to the San Francisco Giants.
In his seven-year career, Hochevar has posted a 43-61 record with a 5.10 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
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