Royals General Manager Dayton Moore and pitcher Jeremy Guthrie spoke with the media today after Guthrie’s three-year deal with the Royals was announced.
Moore said that the negotiations for the free agent righty started moving more quickly in the last week or so. He cited Guthrie as a consistent pitcher who can continue to give the Royals innings and a player who had the desire to be in Kansas City. Moore said that the club is still looking at upgrading the pitching staff.
Guthrie said that he is very happy to be back with the Royals. The trade for Ervin Santana showed him commitment to winning. While he had interest from other clubs, he sees the ballpark and Kansas City’s defense as great fits for his pitching style. Guthrie thanked the Rockies for giving him the chance to re-establish himself after a tough first half of 2012 with Colorado.
The Royals announced today that the club has signed right-handed starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie to a three-year Major League contract through the 2015 season. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Guthrie, 33, went 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts for the Royals after Kansas City acquired him from the Colorado Rockies on July 20 in exchange for pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. The Royals went 10-4 in his starts, including winning 10 of the final 11. Guthrie personally ended the campaign on a career-best five-game winning streak. He was 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his final 11 starts, posting the seventh-best ERA in baseball and the third-best in the American League from August 8 to the end of the season. Guthrie especially enjoyed pitching at Kauffman Stadium where he posted a 4-2 record with a 2.40 ERA in nine outings.
A workhorse throughout his career, Guthrie last season fell just 18.1 innings shy of recording his fourth-consecutive 200-inning season and he has averaged 198.0 innings over his last five seasons. Jeremy is 55-77 with a 4.28 ERA in 210 career appearances, including 183 starts, for the Indians (2004-06), Orioles (2007-11), Rockies (2012) and Royals (2012).
Guthrie and his wife, Jenny, reside in Pleasant Grove, Utah, with their daughter, Avery, and sons, Hudson and Dash Steven.
The Royals were presented with Corporation of the Year honors last night from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City. Senior Vice President Kevin Uhlich accepted the award on behalf of the club. Read more about the club’s Hispanic outreach and this award at royals.com: http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121116&content_id=40312380&vkey=news_kc&c_id=kc
Photo credit: Michael Alvarado
Newly acquired Royals starter Ervin Santana met with the media on Monday afternoon. He feels great and can’t wait until spring training. The righty is looking forward to playing with the young and talented Royals team.
Santana was born Johan Ramon Santana. Today, he explained his name change. He saw one of his early baseball cards while in the minor leagues and it read “from Venezuela”. The Royals pitcher is from the Dominican Republic, not Venezuela, home to Mets pitcher Johan Santana. Thus, the younger hurler changed his name to Ervin…and avoided confusion in the process!
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Louisville Slugger announced this evening that Billy Butler is the 2012 Silver Slugger™ Award winner at Designated Hitter in the American League. Butler becomes the seventh-different Royals player to win a Silver Slugger award (10th time overall), the first since third baseman Dean Palmer in 1998.
The Silver Slugger award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who named the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National leagues in 2012. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own teams. Tabulation of the balloting was verified by the accounting firm of Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP.
Butler, 26, was awarded his third Les Milgram Royals Player of the Year award (also 2009 and 2010) yesterday. Appearing in 138 games as the Royals designated hitter, Butler batted .315 (170-for-539) with 23 home runs, 29 doubles and 93 RBI. He led all designated hitters with 61 runs, 170 hits, 29 doubles and 93 RBI while ranking second in average and home runs. Overall, Butler batted .313 with 32 doubles, 29 home runs and 107 RBI in 161 contests.
Royals Silver Slugger Award winners (award was instituted in 1980):
George Brett – 1980, 1985 and 1988 (1980 and 1985 at third base, 1988 at first base)
Willie Wilson – 1980 and 1982 (outfield)
Hal McRae – 1982 (designated hitter)
Frank White – 1986 (second base)
Gary Gaetti – 1995 (third base)
Dean Palmer – 1998 (third base)
Billy Butler – 2012 (designated hitter)
Hottovy, 31, was designated for assignment on November 2. The Kansas City native was 0-0 with a 2.89 ERA in nine relief appearances for the Royals in 2012.
2012 was a breakthrough season for Billy Butler as he set career highs in home runs (29) and RBI (107) while also leading KC with a .313 average. He also made a memorable All-Star appearance in front of the hometown fans. Today, he earned his third Les Milgram Player of the Year award in the last four years. While George Brett, Amos Otis and Mike Sweeney won the award at least three times (Brett won eight times), no player has won the award three times in four seasons…until Butler.
KC’s designated hitter said he was locked in from day one in 2012 and is pleased with his season, though he believes he can do more. He told reporters today that he doesn’t know what his full potential is. He’s already preparing for the 2013 season at the Royals Spring Training complex in Surprise, Arizona. 2013 is also going to be busy for Billy off the field as he and his wife Katie are expecting the couple’s second child in January.