Royals Finalizing 2-year Deal with Herrera

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According to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, the Royals and reliever Kelvin Herrera are close to finalizing a two-year $4.15 million dollar deal which will avoid arbitration between the two sides.

Herrera was primarily used as a "7th" inning guy by Kansas City, often bridging the gap between the starter and the Wade Davis/Greg Holland duo. Herrera ended up having a fantastic season, eventually becoming part of the trio as opposed to a lead up. He finished 2014 with a 1.41 ERA in 70 innings pitched, good for an ERA+ of 282.

With an electric fastball that sits in the upper 90's, Herrera may have been the 3rd best reliever on the Royals squad, but was most certainly good enough to be a closer on many of the clubs in baseball, finishing in the top 20 in WAR among relievers according to fangraphs.

Herrera was a "Super-Two" and was entering his first year of arbitration. By reaching a deal, the Royals have made him a cost controlled pitcher for at least the next two seasons, though he will still have 1 year of arbitration remaining in 2018. As the Royals are finding out with Greg Holland, elite relievers (specifically closers) often cost a pretty penny during the arbitration process.

 

In other news, the Royals also purchased the contract of Derek Gordon, the younger brother of Alex Gordon. Derek was previously pitching for the T-Bones, where he finished with a 6.49 ERA. (Corrected)

 

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