The Royals just announced the signing of right-handed starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to a three year contract, making him a Royal through the 2015 season.
Guthrie made 14 starts with Kansas City last year after they’d traded Jonathan Sanchez for him. In 91 innings, he had a 3.16 ERA. He’d been said to be looking for a three year deal, though most thought he’d get a two year deal with an option year from some team.
Guthrie had also recently changed agents, so that may have impacted the quick signing. He seemed to want to test the market, but must have gotten the offer he wanted in a city he wants to pitch in. This signing also adds Guthrie to the 40 man roster, creating one more spot that the Royals must clear as they set their reserve lists before the Rule 5 draft next month. This could also signal the end of Luke Hochevar‘s run as a Royal if they decide to non-tender him.
Bob Dutton reported that the deal breaks down to pay Guthrie $5 million in 2013, $11 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015.
Also interesting, before any official announcement from the Royals, Guthrie tipped everyone off to his decision, tweeting about the signing:
3 more years in Kansas City! I couldn’t be more pleased & excited! Thanks to the Royals & all the great fans for your support.