Royals’ Holland Mum on Contract Discussions
Associated Press - February 11, 2014 6:17 am
Chris Colabello hit a two-run home run, R.A. Dickey threw seven shutout innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 in testy matchup Sunday, taking three of four from the AL's top team.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Royals pitchers and catchers report to Arizona for the start of spring training on Friday, and that presumably means All-Star closer Greg Holland will be there.
Of course, there’s a little business that still needs to be finished.
Holland is eligible for arbitration and the two sides have yet to reach an agreement. He asked for $5.2 million after going 2-1 with a 1.21 ERA and 47 saves, while the Royals offered $4.1 million. Either way, it’s a big bump from the $539,000 he made last season.
The Royals would not disclose when his arbitration hearing will take place, so it’s unclear when a deal would need to be reached. Hearings run through Feb. 21.
Holland did say he’d welcome a long-term deal, but he’s staying out of those talks.