Scratch one more name off the list of arbitration eligible players for the Royals. Tim Collins signed a one-year, $1,362,500 deal to avoid arbitration. The number is about $300k above what MLB Trade Rumors projected Collins would make before the offseason started.
This is the first year Collins, 24, was available for arbitration. Over the last three seasons, all with Kansas City, he has made 206 appearances out of the bullpen, collecting a 3.51 ERA and 205 strikeouts. The Royals traded Kyle Farnsworth and Rick Ankiel to the Atlanta Braves for Collins in 2010.
With Collins now officially signed and with the agreement with Brett Hayes, Kansas City’s payroll jumps to $67.3 million. But the Royals still have to agree to contracts with Luke Hochevar, Greg Holland, Emilio Bonifacio, Aaron Crow, Eric Hosmer, and Justin Maxwell. By the time those deals are done, it is expected KC’s payroll will reach somewhere between $85-$90 million.
Arbitration hearings begin February 1 and last through February 21, so Kansas City has until the hearing dates of the six remaining players to work out a deal before an arbitrator rules for them. Under Dayton Moore, no player has ever had their salary determined by an arbitrator, instead reaching an agreement with the team before the hearing date. Based on this history and the general premise that going to an arbitrator carries little to no additional benefit for a player, it is expected that the remaining six players will sign with the Royals sometime in the next few weeks.