Royals Claim Chris Volstad

The Royals claimed Chris Volstad off of waivers from the Cubs, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports (on Twitter).

Volstad, 26, had been a non-tender candidate in Chicago following a season in which he posted a 6.31 ERA in 111 1/3 innings. The 6'8" right-hander provides Kansas City with some rotation depth. In the four seasons leading up to 2012, he posted a 4.59 ERA with 5.8 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 as a member of the Marlins' rotation.

Volstad earned $2.7MM in 2012 as a first time eligible player and his salary can't be reduced by more than 20% if he's tendered a contract through the arbitration process. In fact MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz projects a slight raise to $3MM for Volstad.


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22 Comments on "Royals Claim Chris Volstad"


Ron Pitts
2 years 10 months ago

At his worst, he served up cookies.

At his best, he didn’t have the stuff to put hitters away.

Manfrenjensen
2 years 10 months ago

He’s in line for a RAISE???

matthew07
2 years 10 months ago

Gotta love arbitration.

johnsilver
2 years 10 months ago

1 pitch.. a curveball and it has worked less and less since his rookie year.. His curve not work and he can’t spot anything else.. Throws up meatballs and it was kind of comical watching him last year.

3m? Hardly. League minimum, or what a guy would make at minimum who has played 3-4 years? That’s about right and not guaranteed at that.

KC grabbed him with the hopes of he would sign on the cheap, or they will waive him also. Can’t go but so far on a CB that works 70% of the time and nothing else.

odaboda
2 years 10 months ago

Don’t think depth is the right word, more like, abyss.

Red_Line_9
2 years 10 months ago

I love the term “depth” because it usually means interchangable badness. As if a team stacking ten 6.00 plus eras equals one good era.

2 years 10 months ago

Thank you, Kansas City!

rockfordone
2 years 10 months ago

His agent must be drinking buddies with KC GM.

rockfordone
2 years 10 months ago

Or better yet – It doesn’t say much for KC major league scouts

sourbob
2 years 10 months ago

Let’s see, Royals fans… what can Cubs fans tell you about Volstad that’s positive…

How about if I quote Olive Oil?

“He’s… large.”

Daniel Wesley
2 years 10 months ago

Tall… good looking… and he’s large!

… and he’s mine!

matthew07
2 years 10 months ago

So glad my Cubs let him get picked up. 3 mil for this guy is waaaaaay to much money, especially after paying most of Zambrano’s contract in the deal.

sourbob
2 years 10 months ago

The shame of it is, moving to KC effectively neutralizes the appeal of Volstad’s best trait: not being Carlos Zambrano. No matter how bad he was this year for the Cubs, I could always get some satisfaction by marveling in how awesome it was that he was NOT Carlos Zambrano.

2 years 10 months ago

Something good finally happened for the Cubs in October!

bigpat
2 years 10 months ago

He and Hocheaver in a rotation together would be a lot of fun, especially when combinede with Bruce Chen and Luis Mendoza. Yikes.

2 years 10 months ago

It would be good—for batting practice during a game!

2 years 10 months ago

What on earth are we (the Royals) thinking? Oh maybe they are trying to make Luke Hochevar a # 4 starter?

BradyAndersonsSideburns
2 years 10 months ago

but Jim Palmer worked with him, so he has to be good at some point…

right?

2 years 10 months ago

Clearly the Royals have no intention of competing.

Ryan SoftballGod Siembal
2 years 10 months ago

should have been gone a long time ago

Ryan SoftballGod Siembal
2 years 10 months ago

and now for ian stewart

optionn
2 years 10 months ago

Kansas City is really going to pay this guy $3 million?