The Royals settled yet another arbitration case on Friday morning when Danny Duffy agreed to a one-year, $2.425 million contract for 2015.
That leaves three players left for the Royals to do business with: closer Greg Holland, first baseman Eric Hosmer and reliever Kelvin Herrera.
Duffy, the 26-year-old southpaw, made $526,000 last season and was eligible for arbitration for the first time. He was a critical component of the club’s success in 2014, with a 2.55 ERA in 24 starts. He filed for $3 million and the Royals countered at $1.75 million.
During October, Duffy was mostly an afterthought. He injured his ribcage in late September, and the team concealed the ailment to keep him on their postseason roster. He pitched sparingly in relief, and did not start once in October.
Duffy’s contract for 2015 also contains up to $75,000 in performance bonuses.
Holland, who made $4.725 million last season after settling out of arbitration, filed at $9 million and the Royals countered at $6.65 million. Hosmer also was eligible for arbitration last season and agreed to a $3.6 million contract. He filed at $6.7 million while the Royals countered at $4.6 million.
Herrera is eligible for the first time. He made $522,250 last season and filed for $1.9 million; the Royals countered at $1.15 million.