The Royals avoided arbitration with right-handed reliever Aaron Crow today, signing him to a one year $1.475 million deal according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
The twenty-seven year old right-hander will enter his third season with the Royals. He was 7-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 57 relief appearances last year, although he made just four September appearances. In 48 innings he struck out 44 and walked 22. In three seasons he has put up 2.7 rWAR with a 3.19 ERA in 174 innings. The one-time All-Star will get a $50,000 bonus if he makes the All-Star team this year. Crow was asking for $1.7 million in arbitration, while the team countered with $1.28 million, his 2013 salary. MLBTraderumors projected Crow to receive a salary of $1.9 million.
The Royals have just one unsigned arbitration-eligible player left, reliever Greg Holland. Holland is asking for $5.2 million, while the team has countered with $4.1 million.
The Royals have not had an arbitration case since Dayton Moore took over as General Manager. Their last arbitration case was in 2006, when they lost to Emil Brown. Salary arbitration hearings will be scheduled some time in the next three weeks. Teams are free to negotiate with players until the arbitration hearing.