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Royals sign Kelvin Herrera to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

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The Royals avoid arbitration yet again.

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The Royals have settled with reliever Kelvin Herrera on a one-year, $5.325 million contract, avoiding arbitration, according to reporter Ken Rosenthal. Herrera was the last remaining arbitration case for the Royals. Herrera had filed for $5.6 million, the Royals offered $5.05 million. MLB Trade Rumors had projected Herrera to receive $5.3 million. The Royals have never gone to an arbitration hearing under Dayton Moore.

Herrera is expected to be the Royals closer after the trade of Wade Davis. Last season, he had a 2.75 ERA and 2.47 FIP with a career high 86 strikeouts in 72 innings and 12 saves. He will be eligible again for arbitration next winter before he become eligible for free agency following the 2018 season.

The Royals project to have a payroll around $130 million for this season. Dayton Moore said earlier this week the team will likely make one more move to add a pitcher before spring training, possibly through a trade. There have also been reports they are keeping an eye on free agent starting pitcher Jason Hammel.

Players 2017 salary
Alex Gordon $16,000,000
Ian Kennedy $13,500,000
Eric Hosmer $12,250,000
Lorenzo Cain $11,000,000
Mike Moustakas $8,700,000
Jason Vargas $8,000,000
Omar Infante $8,000,000
Joakim Soria $8,000,000
Alcides Escobar $6,500,000
Chris Young $5,750,000
Kelvin Herrera $5,325,000
Danny Duffy $5,000,000
Salvador Perez $4,200,000
Mike Minor $4,000,000
Brandon Moss $3,750,000
Jorge Soler $3,666,667
Drew Butera $1,500,000
Billy Burns $535,000
Christian Colon $535,000
Cheslor Cuthbert $535,000
Brian Flynn $535,000
Nate Karns $535,000
Whit Merrifield $535,000
Paulo Orlando $535,000
Matt Strahm $535,000
$129,423,684