Brian Bannister Becomes A Free Agent

Brian Bannister is officially a free agent, according to the Royals. Kansas City reinstated Jason Kendall and David DeJesus from the 60-day DL and made room by outrighting Bannister to Triple-A and designating right-hander Brian Anderson for assignment. Bannister refused his assignment and became a free agent.

Bannister, 29, pitched to a 6.34 ERA in 127 2/3 innings last year. His walk rate rose to 3.5 BB/9 and his strikeout rate dropped to 5.4 K/9, so it's not surprising that the Royals let him go. If they had offered arbitration, Bannister would have made something like $2.3MM, his 2010 salary. When Mike Axisa identified Bannister as a non-tender candidate last month, 71% of MLBTR readers correctly predicted that the Royals would cut him loose.

Anderson, a longtime outfielder in the major leagues, started making the transition to the mound this year. He logged 17 1/3 innings across three levels in the Royals system, striking out 17 and walking 5.


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  1. Ian_Smell 5 years ago

    Get on this Pirates!

    • Smrtbusnisman04 5 years ago

      Hell Yes!!!

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  2. I’d like to see if Dave Duncan can make something of Bannister.

    • This looks like a total Dave Duncan situation. Still pretty young, coming off a bad year, still might have good stuff.

      Come on Cards! You’ve got room on your roster, it can’t hurt!

      • I’m not sure Bannister ever had good stuff. Marginal stuff and brains to back it up but still he’s never been very good. I’d love to see him succeed and I’d like to see Duncan get a crack at him but overall I can’t see him making huge improvements.

        • PookieGonzales 5 years ago

          I think i was 06 that he had a really good year. For him anyway. Had an era about 3.70 or so.

      • vtadave 5 years ago

        Bannister has never had “good stuff”. So, while Duncan is a freaking genius and all, I’m not sure that he can add 4 mph to Bannister’s fastball and more of a break to his slider.

  3. Koby2 5 years ago

    Wow that happened quick. He could still come back maybe, but I thought they’d wait a little longer to see if a trade market somehow shaped up (not like it would though).

    • Koby, Bannister is damaged goods. He can’t throw his cutter and he has pain. He wouldn’t have passed a physical and was a known non-tender anyway.

      • Koby2 5 years ago

        Oh I knew he’d be non-tendered, much more likely than Davies, but I just thought he’d stick on the roster longer. I’d still take him over Burgos any day of the week.

        • Well put. I doubt that Brian will ever drive over people or poison them.

  4. MetsEventually 5 years ago

    Come home.

    • JaySchu 5 years ago

      To the bullpen? I don’t want him starting over Niese or Mejjia.

    • icedrake523 5 years ago

      I’d rather him in the front office than on the mound.

  5. Is anyone going to actually be non-tendered?

  6. Aw. Knew Bannister had to go based on his terrible performance this year, but he’s one of the most intelligent, articulate, good guys out there. Maybe an offseason to rest his shoulder and a return to the national league would be good for him.

  7. Tko11 5 years ago

    Yea…he was bad. Only 29, hopefully he can improve a bit and give some team some quality innings.

  8. Good start for the Royals. Crazy idea, but if they are going to move Greinke how about this.
    Royals: Greinke, Dejesus
    Red Sox: Matsuzaka, Bowden, Lowrie, Ellsbury, Kalish +cash
    This is so video game, but would be freaking awesome for the Royals.

    • UnderachieversAvenue 5 years ago

      Seriously Red Sox fans should stop offering trade proposals around Bowden and Kalish; they are overhyped prospects who will become nothing more than a Quad-A player … Lowrie is an interesting player who’s got some nice pop for a middle infielder but strikes out too much and injury-prone.
      Furthermore, I don’t picture Greinke’s depression working well in Boston…

      • UnderachieversAvenue 5 years ago

        *players.

      • PookieGonzales 5 years ago

        Dude i understand what you say about bowden. But saying that about Kalish is off-base. Kalish has some real upside and is being talked about as a possible 25 homerun 270./.360 20 steal center fielder/Right fielder. Do SOME thinking before you post.

  9. went9 5 years ago

    The day he does hang up his cleats will be the day the door opens to a long coaching career.
    He gets it and should be very good at teaching it.
    Good luck Brian. Hope you still have something left in the tank.

  10. sparkysway 5 years ago

    I think he would fit in nicely with the Tigers in Comerica National Park!

  11. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 5 years ago

    What’s the difference between outrighting someone off of the roster and non-tendering them?

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