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The Royals announced today that the club has come to terms with left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Duffy, 26, had an outstanding 2014 season, ranking fifth in the American League in ERA (2.53), fifth in opponents’ batting average (.209) and ninth in WHIP (1.11), to go with a 9-12 record in 31 appearances (25 starts). His .209 opponents’ average last season was the lowest by a Royals’ lefty and third-lowest in club history by a pitcher that threw more than 140.0 innings. The southpaw held opposing lefties to a .137 average (17-for-124), allowing just three extra-base hits (all doubles). Duffy made three postseason appearances out of the bullpen, earning the victory in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, pitching a scoreless 10th inning against the Angels in the 3-2 triumph. He’s 17-22 with a 3.67 ERA and a .241 opponents’ average, pitching in parts of four seasons with Kansas City.
The signing of Duffy leaves the Royals with three unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Most of the talk pregame with manager Ned Yost was about Salvador Perez, who fouled a ball of his left leg in the seventh inning during last night’s game. Perez was replaced by Brett Hayes following the inning and Perez will not start tonight, though Yost indicated Perez would be available to pinch hit. Yost also said he planned on giving Perez a day off Sunday and when Salvador arrived at the ballpark the swelling was greater than anticipated so Hayes will get the start behind the plate, catching left-hander Danny Duffy who makes his first start of the season after Bruce Chen was placed on the disabled list Friday.
While Perez is not in the starting lineup he will be participating in a pregame ceremony to honor the Royals 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove recipients. He will be joined by first baseman Eric Hosmer and left fielder Alex Gordon. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Rawlings Gold Glove t-shirt, courtesy of Papa John’s.
By Nate Rowan
All the talk in Ned Yost’s pregame media chat was about the Kansas City Royals bullpen and the success they’ve had over the last five games. Yost said earlier in the season that he would like to identify another eighth inning guy if Wade Davis would be unavailable but added today that “I think we have a whole bullpen that can complement Davis” and stated there are multiple guys he feels comfortable giving the ball to in big relief spots.
Danny Duffy tossed another scoreless outing and has started the season by throwing 6.1 innings of shutout ball. Yost said there are days when Duffy doesn’t necessarily need pinpoint control because he has such great stuff. Yost also acknowledged he is still figuring out how often he can use the left-hander but he would have no problem bringing him in to protect a lead in the eighth.
By Nate Rowan
The Royals have won five in a row and the bullpen has produced 14.0 scoreless innings over the stretch. Let’s take a look at the three relievers who worked on Saturday:
Danny Duffy had two scoreless innings in the 5-4 win. He has posted 6.1 innings of shutout baseball with KC, with nine strikeouts.
Wade Davis followed with two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 eighth. Wade is averaging 14.46 strikeouts per 9.0 innings, first in the A.L. among pitchers with at least 9.0 innings.
Greg Holland closed the win, striking out two for his sixth save. He leads the A.L. in saves and is tied for the Major League lead entering Sunday.
The Royals announced made four Spring Training roster moves on Sunday morning. After the transactions, the Royals have 34 players (33 active) in Major League camp.
Left-handed pitchers Danny Duffy and Donnie Joseph have been optioned to Triple-A Omaha, while right-handed pitchers Cory Wade and P.J. Walters have been assigned to minor league camp.
The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on 2014 Major League contracts with left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy, infielder Johnny Giavotella and outfielder Carlos Peguero. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. After today’s signings, the Royals’ entire 40-man roster is under contract for the 2014 season.
Duffy, 25, returned from Tommy John surgery last season, posting a 2-0 record and a 1.85 ERA in five starts with Kansas City. Giavotella, 26, spent a majority of the 2013 season with Triple-A Omaha, batting .286 with 24 doubles, 7 homers and 46 RBI in 100 games for the Storm Chasers. Peguero, was acquired from the Seattle Mariners on January 29; he ranked seventh in the Pacific Coast League with 19 homers and was selected to the Triple-A All-Star Game in 2013.
Tonight James Shields takes the mound against the Twins but at Ned Yost’s press conference, tomorrow night’s starter was a main topic of discussion. The Royals need a spot starter as Wade Davis is on the Family Emergency list following the passing of his step-brother. They have chosen to go with Danny Duffy, who has been rehabbing vigorously after undergoing “Tommy John” surgery in June, 2012. The skipper was asked why they decided to go with Duffy.
“We want to see where he is at. He has been throwing well in Triple A (Omaha). We thought it would be a good opportunity to gauge where he is in his comeback.” Yost went on to say, “He (Duffy) needed to get his arm healthy and strong again. Yeah, he had to learn how to command his pitches again but the most important thing for him was getting back on the mound, healthy. He has worked extremely hard through his rehab.”
Last night the Royals erupted for 13 runs, a feat they had accomplished one other time this season, April 5th at Philadelphia. Ned was asked about the teams’ mental approach at the plate. “Right now, for the most part, everyone feels good about themselves when they step in the box. Over the course of the season you have periods where you feel really good and periods where you don’t. The key for good ball clubs is having four or five guys going good at the same time. That is what we have done well lately.”
The South Caravan wrapped up with three stops on Monday. The first was in Springdale, Ark., home of the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals. Royals owner David Glass met with pitchers Bruce Chen, Danny Duffy and Will Smith before a luncheon, which was hosted by the Naturals and the Springdale Rotary. The program included Glass greeting the crowd of over 200. A Q&A session for the pitchers followed, with Chen providing several laughs. Fans were happy to see former Naturals Duffy and Smith, who helped the club to the 2010 Texas League title. We also noticed a Bruce Chen Northwest Arkansas jersey – a very rare item as the lefty made just one rehab start with the club!