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.
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▪ 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