The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on one-year Major League contracts with right-handed pitchers Luke Hochevar and Felipe Paulino, and left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez for the 2012 season, avoiding arbitration with all three. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Outfielder Alex Gordon is the Royals lone remaining arbitration-eligible player.
The 28-year-old Hochevar compiled an 11-11 record with a 4.68 ERA in 31 starts in 2011. He set career bests in wins, starts, innings (198.0), strikeouts (128) and quality starts (16). The Royals Opening Day starter last season was 6-3 with a 3.52 ERA in 12 starts following the All-Star break, holding opponents to a .222 average which ranked sixth in the American League among starters. The first-overall selection in the 2006 June Free Agent Draft resides in Knoxville, Tenn., with his wife, Ashley, and daughter, Laney.
Paulino, 28, joined the Royals on May 26, 2011 in a trade with the Colorado Rockies for cash considerations. He was 4-6 with a 4.11 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) for Kansas City following the deal, striking out 119 in 124.2 innings. He struck out 8.59 hitters per nine innings as a Royal, which ranks as the fifth-best in franchise history among hurlers with at least 120 innings. Paulino followed up his 2011 campaign by being selected as a member of the MLB All-Star team that toured Taiwan in early November, starting the third game of the five-game exhibition series. Paulino initially signed with the Houston Astros as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2001. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, he now resides in Pearland, Texas, with his wife, Paola, and daughter, Victoria.
Sanchez, 29, was acquired from San Francisco with left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo on November 7, 2011 in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera. He has posted a 3.75 ERA over his last three seasons with the Giants in 85 games (81 starts). In 2011, Sanchez was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 19 starts before missing the final month and a half with a left ankle sprain. He posted a breakout 2010 campaign for the World Series champions, going 13-9 with a 3.07 ERA, tossing 5.0 shutout innings in Game 162 vs. San Diego as the Giants clinched the N.L. West. The 6-foot-2, 198-pounder is 38-46 with a 4.26 ERA in 174 career outings, including 118 starts. He tossed the 13th no-hitter in Giants history on July 10, 2009 vs. San Diego. Sanchez has posted 736 strikeouts in 708.0 innings, a rate of 9.355 strikeouts per nine innings which ranks as the third-best in baseball (min. 700 IP) since 2006, trailing the Giants’ Tim Lincecum (9.87) and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (9.360), who have won three of the last four National League Cy Young Awards. Sanchez was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and now resides in Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico. He has one son, Christian.
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year Major League contract with outfielder Mitch Maier for the 2012 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. The Royals now have four remaining arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Luke Hochevar, Felipe Paulino and Jonathan Sanchez; and outfielder Alex Gordon.
Maier, 29, hit .232 with four doubles, three triples, seven RBI and 19 runs scored in 45 games last season as the Royals fourth outfielder. Selected by the Royals in the first round (30th overall) of the 2003 Draft, Maier is a career .253 hitter in 327 games. Beginning his 10th season in the organization, he is the longest-tenured Royals player on the club’s 40-man roster. Maier and his wife, Karrie, have a daughter, Avalynne, and reside in South Lyon, Mich.
The Royals announced on Monday that the club has agreed to terms one-year Major League contracts with infielder Chris Getz and catcher Brayan Pena, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The Royals now have five remaining arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Luke Hochevar, Felipe Paulino and Jonathan Sanchez; and outfielders Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier.
Getz, 28, batted .255 (97-for-380) with six doubles, 26 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 118 games for the Royals in 2011. He was acquired by Kansas City in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on November 6, 2009. Born in Southfield, Mich., he now resides in Grosse Pointe, Mich.
Pena, who just turned 30 on January 7, batted .248 (55-for-222) with 11 doubles, three home runs and 24 RBI in 72 games for the Royals in 2011. Pena set career highs in games played, at bats, hits, doubles and RBI. He was acquired by Kansas City in a waiver claim from the Atlanta Braves on May 30, 2008. Born in Havana, Cuba, he now resides in Miami, Fla.
Hall of Famer George Brett, pitcher Bruce Chen and Royals Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Leonard made two Caravan appearances today. First, the group visited patients at the Kansas City VA Medical Center. They then traveled east to Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster, Mo. Our group signed autographs for the airmen and their families. They also took a close up look at the B-2…very cool!
Royals Caravan launched yesterday with an awards luncheon and last night, fans flocked to Rally House in Independence for an autograph session. We had a great turnout – the line stretched out the door (and it was a chilly night in the Midwest). Lorenzo Cain, Johnny Giavotella and Eric Hosmer led off, followed by Bruce Chen, Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier. Let’s take a look:
The Kansas City Royals, in conjunction with pitcher and funnyman Bruce Chen, have announced details of a new “Joke of the Day” promotion for the 2012 season. Fans are encouraged to submit their favorite funny line for an opportunity to have it delivered by Chen on the CrownVision video board during a 2012 Royals home game. To be considered, fans may submit their joke in 300 characters or less at www.royals.com/jokes by Friday, February 10.
Royals fans can guarantee Opening Day tickets with any Full Season or Half Season plan in addition to the opportunity to purchase 2012 MLB All-Star Game ticket strips. Royals season ticket holders also receive reserved parking, the priority to purchase additional tickets for all 2012 home games, access to special events and more!
All season ticket packages are available online at royals.com/tickets and by calling (816) 504-4040.