Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie has restructured the remaining two years of his contract according to
Kansas City Royals beat reporter New York Post writer Joel Sherman. (h/t to Loose Seal) Guthrie had signed a back-loaded three year deal last year that was set to pay him $11 million this year and $9 million next year, but under the new terms he will earn $8 million this year, $9 million next year, and he will have the Dayton special - the mutual option added for 2016 for $10 million. The option has a $3.2 million buyout, meaning Guthrie is guaranteed the same amount of money he was before, only this opens the possibility of Guthrie pitching with the team in 2016.
Here's how the ol' payroll looks now:
|James Shields||$13,500,000||Free Agent|
|Jeremy Guthrie||$8,000,000||$9,000,000||$10,000,000||2016 mutual option; $3.2 mill buyout|
|Billy Butler||$8,000,000||$12,500,000||Free Agent||2015 club option; $1 million buyout|
|Luke Hochevar||$5,000,000||Free Agent|
|Emilio Bonifacio||$3,300,000||Free Agent|
|Norichika Aoki||$1,900,000||Free Agent|
Obviously this move was done to make room to make a run at Masahiro Tanaka. Go get em Dayton! ALL IN!