TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Royals didn't stop when they signed Juan Cruz. On Sunday, they announced they signed veteran left-hander Bruce Chen to a Minor League contract.

Chen is a 10-year Major League veteran who has played with nine clubs, starting with Atlanta in 1998. He's also made stops with Philadelphia, the New York Mets, Cincinnati, Montreal, Boston, Houston, Baltimore and Texas.

The 31-year-old Chen did not pitch last season after undergoing elbow surgery. Most of his career has been spent in relief, but his biggest year was 2005 when, as a starter for the Orioles, he was 13-10 with a 3.83 ERA.

In 242 big league games, including 112 as a starter, his record is 35-37 with a 4.63 ERA.

Chen will not report to the Royals' Minor League camp immediately because he is pitching in the World Baseball Classic for his native Panama.

Chen's signing comes a day after the Royals landed Cruz, a free-agent reliever who pitched last year for Arizona.