The Kansas City Royals announced Saturday they have signed the five remaining pre-arbitration players they had on their 40-man without contracts. All five agreements are 1-year contracts, including Aaron Crow‘s $1.28 million deal. Luis Mendoza will make $532,000, Louis Coleman, $511,000, Guillermo Moscoso, $504,250, and Francisley Bueno inked for $492,650. The major league minimum for the 2013 season is $490,000.
They Royals have 17 pre-arbitration players on there 40-man roster but announced the contracts of the other 12 players on February 20th. Those deals totaled $6, 145,850; these five add $3,319,900 in payroll, keeping the total for these 17 players under the $10 million mark.
Aaron Crow, whose first two seasons were very similar, took a small pay cut, from $1.6 million to 1.28 million. Crow’s 2012 WHIP actually dropped 0.212 percentage points, from 1.387 in 2011 to 1.175, but his ERA leaped 0.72 from 2.76 in 2011 to 3.48 last season. Since most of his surface stats were very close in the two seasons, the WHIP decline was due to better control as Crow walked 9 fewer batters in 2 2/3 more innings. The jump in ERA can be directly traced to the fact that Crow’s Strand Rate was an unsustainable 86% in 2011 and was a bit low in 2012 at 71%. If Crow can maintain his improved control, his Strand Rate should normalize a few percentage points, which in turn should lower his ERA. In 2013, Crow will be one component of a young, talented foursome out of the Kansas City bullpen that includes Greg Holland, Kelvin Herrera, and Tim Collins.
Of these five players who signed, only Crow and Mendoza are assured to make the Opening Day roster, barring injury. Coleman and Bueno both have a chance to make the team as well but it is unlikely both will. Moscoso is just AAA depth at this time.
Now that all players on the Royals 40-man roster are signed, the front office can now turn its efforts to trying to convince young, budding, offensive stars Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas, and their agent Scott Boras, to sign long term deals with the club. That would really be exciting news for Kansas City Royals’ fans.