The Royals have signed third baseman Chris Truby and will likely start at the hot corner in 2005. Truby has had major league experience with the Astros, Expos, Tigers and Devil Rays. He’s appeared in 263 games since making his debut in 2003. He hit .300 with 25 homer urns and 83 RBI’s with the Pirates Class-AAA team in Nashville last season. Truby is expected to fill the gap at third base until minor leaguer Mark Teahen is ready to play full time at the big league level. Teahen came to the Royals last season from the A’s in the three-team deal that sent Carlos Beltran to the Astros. The signing means Joe Randa, who has played eight of his ten seasons in Kansas City, will not be brought back.