The Royals are next in our 2013 Arbitration Eligibles series. Matt Swartz's salary projections are below.
- First time: Blake Wood ($600K)
- Second time: Chris Getz ($1.2MM)
- Third time: Luke Hochevar ($4.4MM), Felipe Paulino ($2.7MM), Brayan Pena ($1.1MM)
In Wood and Paulino, the Royals have a pair of promising pitchers who endured Tommy John surgery this year. Both are worth retaining (Wood seems likely to garner Super Two status). Despite a myriad of injuries, Getz worked his way into a starting role for the Royals at second base toward the end of his season. I expect the team to keep him in the mix.
Hochevar, drafted first overall in 2006, has a 5.39 ERA through 771 big league innings, including a 5.73 mark this year. If you're digging for a silver lining, the 29-year-old throws relatively hard, takes the ball every fifth day, and has exhibited skills suggesting an ERA closer to 4.20. Given Hochevar's maddening flashes of brilliance, it seems the Royals are up for another go-round at our estimated $4.4MM salary.
The offensive promise once shown by Pena seems long gone. Still, the 30-year-old Cuban wants to retire a Royal, and it won't require much of a raise to keep him around as Salvador Perez's backup for 2013. Assuming everyone is retained in the Royals' group, we're projecting $10MM in salary for five arbitration eligible players.
Matt Swartz's arbitration projections are available exclusively at MLB Trade Rumors. To read more about his projection model, check out this series of posts.