The Royals have agreed to terms with left-hander reliever Tim Collins, who missed all of 2015 because of Tommy John surgery, on a one-year contract worth $1.475 million. He will receive the same salary he earned last season.
Collins, 26, posted a 3.86 ERA in only 22 games in 2014. The organization will hang on to him to retain their bullpen depth, as key contributors from 2015 like Ryan Madson, Franklin Morales and Chris Young are all free agents.
Collins was eligible for arbitration, but not expected to receive a raise because of his lack of participation in the 2015 season. The deadline to tender contracts for arbitration-eligible players is Wednesday night.
The Royals are expected to non-tender former closer Greg Holland, who is expected to miss all of 2016 because of his own elbow reconstruction. Holland underwent Tommy John surgery in September. Both the team and Holland are open to a multi-year deal in order to keep Holland within the organization as he rehabilitates.
Collins would also receive a $50,000 bonus if he makes the 2016 All-Star Game. He can become a free agent after this season.