The Royals announced today they have come to terms with relievers Tim Collins and Louis Coleman on one-year deals, thus avoiding arbitration. Fox Sports Kansas City's Jeffrey Flanagan reports Collins signed a one-year $1.475 million deal, while Coleman signed a one-year $725,000 deal. Collins was eligible for arbitration for the second time, Coleman for the first time. MLB Trade Rumors predicted a salary of $1.5 million for Collins and $700,000 for Coleman.
The 25-year old Tim Collins will begin his fifth season with the Royals after being acquired in a trade from the Braves in 2010. The left-hander has a career 3.54 ERA in 211 big league innings, but struggled in 2014 and was demoted to Omaha for much of the year. He rebounded in September and posted a 3.86 ERA in 21 innings, good enough to make the post-season roster.
The 28-year old Louis Coleman also begins his fifth season with the Royals after being a 5th round pick by the club in 2009. The right-handed reliever has a 3.25 ERA in 174 1/3 Major League innings, but he also struggled in 2014 and spent much of the year in Omaha. In 34 innings with the Royals, he posted a 5.56 ERA with the worst strikeout and walk ratios of his big league career.
The Royals have seven arbitration-eligible players left, including Lorenzo Cain, Danny Duffy, Jarrod Dyson, Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas,