User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Royals reach 1-year deal with RHP Luke Hochevar

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Kansas City Royals had already decided to give Luke Hochevar another chance.

Advertisement
Now they know exactly how much it's going to cost.

The Royals agreed to a one-year, $4.56 million deal with the right-hander on Friday to avoid arbitration. The deal includes up to $100,000 in performance bonuses.

Hochevar made 29 starts last season, going 8-16 with a 5.73 ERA. The former No. 1 overall pick showed flashes in some starts of the kind of pitcher the Royals hoped he would become, but he also had plenty of erratic outings that left team officials scratching their heads.

Royals manager Ned Yost has been among the most ardent supporters of Hochevar, saying just last month that he still believes the 29-year-old right-hander can turn the corner.

``We'll just see how it plays out, get to spring training and let him go,'' Yost said.

Spring training is where Hochevar will have to define his role, too.

The Royals were aggressive this offseason in rebuilding their starting rotation, trading with the Los Angeles Angels for Ervin Santana and his $13 million contract, and then making a blockbuster deal with the Tampa Bay Rays to acquire James Shields and Wade Davis. Kansas City gave up top prospect Wil Myers and several other pieces to get that deal done.

The Royals also signed Jeremy Guthrie to a $25 million, three-year deal. Guthrie was acquired in a mid-season trade from Colorado and pitched well down the stretch.

That means four of the five spots in the rotation are solidified, and Hochevar will compete with right-hander Luis Mendoza and left-handers Bruce Chen and Will smith for the final job.

The Royals already had one of the best bullpens in the American League last season, anchored by hard-throwing right-hander Greg Holland in the closer role. But should Hochevar lose out on a rotation spot, it's possible that he could become the Royals' long reliever.

Of course, he'd be carrying a hefty price tag for the job.

Hochevar's contract for next season represents a substantial increase over the $3.51 million he made last season, and came in part thanks to a career-best 144 strikeouts in 185.1 innings.

Still, his career over parts of six seasons is 38-59 with a 5.39 ERA, and many believe he regressed last season after going 11-11 with a 4.68 ERA in 2011.

``If you're going to win consistently in the major leagues, you're going to need a rotation that gives you innings, competes, helps you win,'' general manager Dayton Moore said recently. ``That's what our goal is, to put together a very good rotation. We feel we've done that.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Rogers: Friday's Tip Sheet
Akins: Diamond Trends - Friday
Lawrence: August Pitchers Report
Rose: Who's Hot - NL Edition
Price, Lester traded in deadline flurry
Dodgers beat Braves 2-1 behind Kershaw
Jays edge Astros for 6th straight win
Angels nip O's in 13 innings, avoid sweep
Royals double-up Twins, 6-3
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
8-4 L2 Days, 20-8 G-Plays, +8,353
7-0 L7 Guarantees, 16-6 L22 Picks
5-1 +474 Run, +2,443 This Year
7-3 L4 Days, 28-15 +1,647 L43
17-5 L22 Totals, +2,199 This Year
5-1, +510 L6 Guarantees
18-10 +885 L28, +2,540 TY
18-8 L26 Guarantees, +1,848 TY
6-2 L3 Days, +2,144 Totals TY
7-4 L11 Totals, +2,095 TY
4 Straight Guaranteed Wins
27-15 Last 42 Selections
3-0 +327 Yesterday, +2,447 TY
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - Minnesota Twins at Chicago White Sox
2014 MLB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 8353
John Fisher + 2540
The Gold Sheet + 2447
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 3259
James Manos + 2664
Dave Cokin + 1776
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2349
Matt Zylbert + 2144
Tony Stoffo + 1302
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Doc's Sports + 1337
Dave Cokin + 1323
Kyle Hunter + 1076
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 3989
Doc's Sports + 1607
Kevin Rogers + 1364
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 2292
The Gold Sheet + 1157
Dave Cokin + 920
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!