October 02, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (33) delivers a pitch during the fifth inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Jeremy Guthrie Signs Three Year Deal to Remain With Royals


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:

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  • jimfetterolf

    I think they got him cheap, 3/25, so have plenty of room left to go after Sanchez/Greinke. This also allows the Royals to trade Gordon for prospects rather than ML ready pitching, a better long-term move. Gordon and Hoch off the payroll will come close to signing Sanchez.

  • Eric Akers

    Jake Westbrook’s contract with the cards must have been the model here. Similar results and same contract. I think I am happy with it.

    I am curious as to their plans with Hooch and Volstad. I don’t want both of them. (Am not sure I want either actually). I would not mind non-tendering hooch, then resigning him much cheaper to be in the pen.

  • Marcus Meade

    They probably overpaid a little here, especially with the extra year, but I still like the deal. It makes Hochevar more expendable, which is extremely important. He needs to leave immediately. Now, they need to be looking for one-year help. We know Chen, Mendoza, Santana, and Guthrie have spots. If the Royals can find a way to bring in a one-year guy without trading major pieces (Butler, Gordon, Myers, Hosmer, Moustakas) this will be a very successful off-season for Dayton Moore. I’m gonna throw it out there cuz I’m feeling frisky with this signing: Roy Oswalt. I know, I know. He probably doesn’t want to come here, and he didn’t pitch great last season. But look again at the numbers. 9 K/9 rate. 1.68 BB/9. 3.27 xFIP. He had a high ERA because his BABIP was .378 and his hr/9 was 1.68. Bill James projects him to put up a 3.64 ERA with 7 K/9 this year. If I’m Dayton Moore, I’d be on the phone seeing if he’d be willing to give KC a shot to rebuild some value. The Royals could get him on the cheap and a legitimate offseason and Spring Training should make him more effective.

  • Marcus Meade

    They probably overpaid a little here, especially with the extra year, but I still like the deal. It makes Hochevar more expendable, which is extremely important. He needs to leave immediately. Now, they need to be looking for one-year help. We know Chen, Mendoza, Santana, and Guthrie have spots. If the Royals can find a way to bring in a one-year guy without trading major pieces (Butler, Gordon, Myers, Hosmer, Moustakas) this will be a very successful off-season for Dayton Moore. I’m gonna throw it out there cuz I’m feeling frisky with this signing: Roy Oswalt. I know, I know. He probably doesn’t want to come here, and he didn’t pitch great last season. But look again at the numbers. 9 K/9 rate. 1.68 BB/9. 3.27 xFIP. He had a high ERA because his BABIP was .378 and his hr/9 was 1.68. Bill James projects him to put up a 3.64 ERA with 7 K/9 this year. If I’m Dayton Moore, I’d be on the phone seeing if he’d be willing to give KC a shot to rebuild some value. The Royals could get him on the cheap and a legitimate offseason and Spring Training should make him more effective.

    • Eric Akers

      I was thinking it was an overpay just because of the third year. But I guess it really depends on what other teams were willing to offer. He could have had enough suiters to warrant the third year, but then we have to take into consideration if we want him for 3 years regardless of the market. I think I will have to reserve judgment until the FA signings are finished. However, compare Jake Westbrook

      Guthrie 33yo 3/25 Career 103ERA+
      Jake Westbrook 32yo 3/26.5 Career 101ERA+

      As for Oswalt, I am unsure that he can pitch half a year as a starter at this point. although I would not mind signing him at the end of the FA period to a very cheap deal (but I don’t think he would sign it). He will wait until a contender needs him.

    • jimfetterolf

      “Now, they need to be looking for one-year help.”

      Possible, also possible is looking longer term at Sanchez, then eventually trading him for a Zack sized haul. We already have two one-year deals to open space as the young guys come back or come up. If Gordon is traded, as he should be, I prefer a trade with Seattle for young arms. Dump payroll, get prospects, make the system self-sustaining. Oakland and Tampa, anyone?

      • Eric Akers

        I think the thought on trading Gordon would make for a nice blog post. Based on WAR, he is the best player on the team, by a lot. If you trade him for a load of prospects, it is possible that they may never accumulate the WAR that Gordo provided in the last two years alone. Also, if we do not receive somebody that can have an effect on our team immediately, it seems that we would be giving up on trying to contend in the central next year. It might also mean that we improve our chances two/three years from now.

        • jimfetterolf

          All good points, Eric, no such thing as a pitching prospect, but Gordon’s WAR is inflated by the bogus fld numbers, he has a few years on him, his salary is two-thirds of what Sanchez will cost, and he doesn’t play a premium position. I’ld rather trade him than Myers or Hosmer or Moose, for instance. As I mentioned elsewhere, we could have signed Melky last week for half of Gordon, so not like he’s irreplaceable. Getting stud prospects to fill the space after Ventura and before Zimmer and Selman is needed and will have costs, but needs to be looked at for longterm sustainability. It’s the Tampa/Oakland Way and needs to be ours. Nobody said this would be easy :)

      • Eric Akers

        I have also noticed that you are very famous (maybe infamous is a better word) on RoyalsReview. They seem to like you a lot over there.

        • jimfetterolf

          I’m an easy target for the kids at Romper Room because I was banned for hurting the feelings of one of the wheels. Took a look at their stuff on Guthrie today and just the usual childish silliness in comments, although the articles are much stronger since Craig, Clark, and Nick took over.

  • Lenny Lieurance

    This is excellent news.