MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported Thursday afternoon that the 34-year-old had agreed to a one-year deal with the club, worth just under $4 million before incentives:
Chapman spent the last six seasons with the New York Yankees after inking a free agent deal with the club in 2017. He had previously appeared in 28 games for the Cubs, helping them to a 2016 World Series championship.
In 43 appearances last season, Chapman posted a 4-4 record and earned nine saves, with a career-worst 4.46 ERA and 1.43 WHIP.
His strikeouts-per-nine rate plummeted in the 2022 season, falling to 10.7 after being above 15 in three of the previous four seasons.
Still, the hurler figures to get shots at occasional saves with the Royals, though Scott Barlow nailed down 24 saves in 28 opportunities during a 2022 season that saw him post a 7-4 record and a 2.18 ERA in 69 appearances.