The Royals came to terms on contracts for Cheslor Cuthbert, Brian Flynn, and Jesse Hahn on Thursday, just before the Friday deadline to tender contracts arbitration-eligible players. The Royals will have no tender decisions to make, and no arbitration cases to deal with this off-season.
According to MLB.com reporter Jeffrey Flanagan, Flynn agreed to an $800,000 contract with a $50,000 bonus for making the All-Star team. The 28 -year old left-hander had a 4.04 ERA in 75 2/3 innings as a swingman. MLB Trade Rumors estimated him to make $1 million through the arbitration process.
Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert will make $850,000 under his one-year deal. Both he and Flynn earned $573,500 last season. Cuthbert missed much of the season with a back injury, limiting him to just 30 games where he hit .194/.282/.301. The 26-year old has played in just 88 games over the last two seasons, but hit .274/.318/.413 with 12 home runs in 128 games in 2016. MLB Trade Rumors predicted him to make $1.1 million.
Right-handed pitcher Jesse Hahn agreed to an $800,000 deal. He missed the entire 2018 season with a UCL injury. Flanagan reports Hahn is expected to return in late spring or early summer. Hahn did avoid Tommy John surgery which could have cost him much of next season. He was acquired last winter from the Athletics with Heath Fillmyer in a deal for Brandon Moss and Ryan Buchter. The 29-year old has a 4.19 ERA in 286 Major League innings. MLB Trade Rumors estimated him to make $1.7 million.
The Royals could still release any of these players before Opening Day and be relieved of the obligation of most of their salary, depending on when they release them. The Royals can have the opportunity to sift through more free agents after today, when teams will decide to non-tender some free agents. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop, outfielder Avisail Garcia, and pitcher Danny Salazar are among some of the bigger names rumored to be possibly non-tendered by Friday’s deadline.