Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Royals Sign Jeremy Guthrie

Jeremy Guthrie
The Royals have agreed to sign RHP Jeremy Guthrie to a 3-year, 25 million dollar contract. This is the Royals second move to acquire pitching, as the first was the acquisition of Ervin Santana. The deal has a strange structure, which could be advantageous. In the first season, the deal is on a discount, allowing room for an extra free agent. The second season will be when the Royals get a big TV deal and have the extra money to pay for the 11 million dollar deal.



Year:Salary:
2013
$5,000,000
2014
$11,000,000
2012
$9,000,000

In my modest opinion, I don't think that this deal was a good one for Kansas City, though it will be worth it this season since the contract will be backloaded. I am not a fan of Jeremy Guthrie, though I can see why the Royals would want to invest in the righty, as he performed well after being acquired for LHP Jonathan Sanchez from the Rockies. He has a career record of 55-77 and a 4.28 ERA in pitchers parks. He has had an interesting career, and has a reputation as an "innings eater". The 33-year old has pitched in hitter's parks his entire career, and could have room for improvement in a more fair park. Chances are the Royals offered a large sum of money to a back-end of the rotation starter, Gil Meche anyone?


Year Age Tm W L ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO
2009 30 BAL 10 17 5.04 33 33 200.0 224 120 112 35 60 110
2010 31 BAL 11 14 3.83 32 32 209.1 193 93 89 25 50 119
2011 32 BAL 9 17 4.33 34 32 208.0 213 113 100 26 66 130
2012 33 TOT 8 12 4.76 33 29 181.2 206 109 96 30 50 101
2012 33 COL 3 9 6.35 19 15 90.2 122 72 64 21 31 45
2012 33 KCR 5 3 3.16 14 14 91.0 84 37 32 9 19 56
9 Yrs 55 77 4.28 210 183 1202.0 1219 620 571 168 354 727

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