A couple of arbitration-eligible Royals could be in for a big pay raise.
The excellent MLB Trade Rumors website listed its projected arbitration salaries for the Royalsthis offseason
, and if the numbers are true (or even close), then closer Greg Holland and first baseman Eric Hosmer will see a sizable increase in their salaries.
Holland, who is coming off an All-Star season in which he collected a team-record 47 saves, had a 1.21 ERA and struck out 103 in 67 innings. According to Cot’s Baseball Contracts at Baseball Prospectus (anotherindispensable site
), Holland earned $539,000 in 2013. MLB Trade Rumors projects that to bump to $4.9 million.
Hosmer, who started slow but finished with a slash line of .302/.353/.448, would see a raise from $528,250 to $4.1 million. Hosmer qualifies for arbitration as a “Super Two,” which means he gets an extra year of arbitration because he is in the top 22 percent in total service in the class of players who have at least two but less than three years of major-league service.
The other arbitration-eligible Royals and their projections:
Pitcher Luke Hochevar ($5 million from $4.56 million).
Second baseman Emilio Bonifacio ($3.3 million from $2.6 million).
Pitcher Felipe Paulino ($1.75 million, the same he earned this season).
Reliever Aaron Crow ($1.9 million from $1.28 million).
Second baseman Chris Getz ($1.3 million from $1.05 million).
Catcher George Kottaras ($1.2 million from $1 million).
Outfielder Justin Maxwell ($1.2 million from $492,500).
Pitcher Luis Mendoza ($1 million from $532,000).
Reliever Tim Collins ($1 million from $534,500).
Catcher Brett Hayes ($900,000 from $600,000).