Royals Agree To Terms With Luke Hochevar

The Royals have avoided arbitration with Luke Hochevar, agreeing to a one-year contract with the right-hander, tweets Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.  The club has confirmed the signing in a press release, and Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweets the deal is worth $1.76MM.

Hochevar, the first overall pick of the 2006 draft, is still looking for the breakout season that would pay off that high draft selection.  He missed over two months of the 2010 season with an elbow strain but contributed a 4.81 ERA and a 2.05 K/BB ratio in 18 games, 17 of them starts.  This was Hochevar's first year of arbitration eligibility.

Hochevar is the third arbitration-eligible player to reach a deal with Kansas City this winter, following Wilson Betemit and Brayan Pena.  That's three players down and four to go for the Royals, as you can follow on the MLBTR Arb Tracker.

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6 Comments on "Royals Agree To Terms With Luke Hochevar"

4 years 7 months ago

Who says baseball needs a salary cap?

4 years 7 months ago

Avoided arbitration with a guy who deserves a minor league deal. Hooray!

4 years 7 months ago

What is sad is that this is probably their opening day starter.

Daniel Wesley
4 years 7 months ago

Are you just saying that because he’s got the name ‘Royals’ on the front of his jersey? Do you know anything about the guy other than that? I doubt it.

4 years 7 months ago

I would save your efforts for a player other then Hochevar. Not much to argue about here.

4 years 7 months ago

I was at his 80 pitch complete game. He was quite good when he started throwing a splitter that he used before the pros. Then he got hurt…