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  • Padres sign pitcher Buddy Baumann

    It's not often that a minor leaguer with no big league experience signs a major league contract, but such is the case here. Buddy Baumann, who became a free agent following the 2015 campaign, spent seven years—including three at Triple-A—in the Kansas City Royals system. To date, he's allowed only 7.9 hits per nine innings and averages 9.3 Ks per nine frames.

    When the Padres signed Buddy Baumann on Monday, it probably didn't turn many heads -- at least not as many as another reported pitcher signing this week. But Baumann's one-year deal was seven years in the making.

    Baumann was drafted by the Royals in 2009, and he spent the next seven years working his way from Rookie ball to Triple-A. Now, almost 200 MiLB games later, he has signed his first Major League contract. It might have taken a little longer than he expected or hoped, but with the sign of a pen, Baumann went from career Minor Leaguer to a MLB roster. That's what's called achieving your dreams.

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