Just in time for FanFest, the Royals and right-handed reliever Aaron Crow agreed to terms on a one-year contract and avoided arbitration.
“Glad it’s over with, put that behind me and get ready for baseball now,” Crow said Friday.
Crow, who was 7-5 with a 3.38 ERA and one save in 57 appearances last year, signed for $1.475 million. He’ll receive a $50,000 bonus for making the All-Star team, which happened in 2011.
Crow requested $1.7 million in arbitration, and the Royals countered with $1.28 million, which was his 2013 salary.
Crow’s contract agreement leaves Greg Holland as the Royals’ lone remaining unsigned player who is eligible for salary arbitration. Holland, who received the Royals’ Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year award in 2013 after setting a team record with 47 saves, requested $5.2 million, while the Royals countered with $4.1 million.
Last year, Holland was paid $539,500 and he had a 1.21 ERA with a 0.87 WHIP and 103 strikeouts in 67 innings pitched. He was an All-Star and received votes for the Cy Young and MVP awards.
“It’s one of those things, we’ll get it done sooner or later,” Holland said. “It is what it is. It’s a business. Mainly my focus right now is to keep my arm healthy and let it play out.”
Royals general manager Dayton Moore previously said that he would like to sign Holland to more than a one-year contract.
Holland said he wouldn’t discuss contract specifics but seemed to suggest he’d prefer a longer deal.
“Being here in Kansas City, I love the town, love the fans, and I would take a lot of pride in being here when we took the next step and brought the playoffs to Kansas City and eventually a championship.
“But you never know. You have to stay in the moment and prepare, throw every pitch like it’s your last one. The fact of the matter is, people move around. It’s hard to stay in the same place for a long time.”
If Holland and the Royals go to a salary arbitration hearing, it will be held in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Five other Royals besides Holland and Crow who filed for arbitration have already signed one-year deals with the team: first baseman Eric Hosmer, infielder Emilio Bonifacio, outfielder Justin Maxwell and pitcher Luke Hochevar and Tim Collins.