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Royals agree to terms with arbitration-eligible relievers Tim Collins, Louis Coleman

Kansas City Royals pitcher Tim Collins threw to first base in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels during Thursday's ALDS baseball game on October 2, 2014 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Tim Collins threw to first base in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels during Thursday's ALDS baseball game on October 2, 2014 at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. The Kansas City Star

The Royals agreed to terms with two arbitration-eligible players Friday, the first day players and teams could exchange figures.

Left-handed reliever Tim Collins, who made $1.36 million last year in his first arbitration-eligible season, signed for $1.475 million. Right-handed reliever Louis Coleman, who made $537,000 last season and was eligible for arbitration for the first time this year, got a raise to $725,000 for 2015.

Two of the seven remaining arbitration-eligible Royals received raises in pre-arbitration settlements last season. They are:

▪ Closer Greg Holland, who made $4.725 million last season, filed for arbitration at $9 million and the Royals countered at $6.65 million, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press.

▪ First baseman Eric Hosmer, who made $3.6 million, filed at $6.7 million while the Royals countered at $4.6 million.

The other five are first-time arbitration eligible:

▪ Outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who made $546,000 last season, filed for $3.6 million and the Royals countered at $2 million.

▪ Third baseman Mike Moustakas, who made $549,000 last season, filed for $3.1 million. The Royals came in at $1.85 million.

▪ Left-handed starter Danny Duffy, who made $526,000, filed for $3 million and the Royals countered at $1.75 million.

▪ Right-handed reliever Kelvin Herrera, who made $522,250, filed for $1.9 million while the Royals countered at $1.15 million.

▪ Outfielder Jarrod Dyson, who made $530,000, filed for $1.6 million and the Royals countered at $900,000.

Including the new salaries for Collins and Coleman and projected arbitration raises, the Royals’ opening-day payroll is expected to top $110 million.

If the Royals and the seven players can’t agree to a settlement, they will go to arbitration hearings, which starting Feb. 1. There is no in between once a case goes to a hearing: either the player's figure or the team's is granted by the arbitrator.

So far, Royals general manager Dayton Moore has agreed to terms with each of his arbitration-eligible players before going to a hearing.

The Star’s Andy McCullough contributed to this report

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