Baseball’s salary arbitration hearings are scheduled to begin Saturday, and they will run for three weeks.
While the Royals have yet to come to terms with relievers Greg Holland and Aaron Crow, who each filed for arbitration last month, general manager Dayton Moore thinks there is time to avoid the hearings.
“There’s nothing really to say,” Moore said. “Both sides are just going through negotiations and hope to get a deal. Going through arbitration and the hearings, sometimes, is a necessary part of the game. But we’re hopeful we can get deals.”
Crow, who was 7-5 with a 3.38 ERA and one save a year ago, requested $1.7 million this season, while the Royals countered with $1.28 million, which was his 2013 salary.
Holland, who received the Royals’ Bruce Rice Pitcher of the year 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 an 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.
Moore acknowledged that he would like to sign Holland to more than a one-year contract.
“It’s our desire is to keep many of our good players here long-term, if we can do that,” Moore said. “Greg’s no different. Every negotiations has its own set of circumstances and we’ll see what happens.”
Should Crow and/or Holland go to salary arbitration hearings, they will be held in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Five other Royals 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 Hochever and Tim Collins.