Royals agree to terms with Kelvin Herrera, Nate Karns - KCTV5

Royals agree to terms with Kelvin Herrera, Nate Karns

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Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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The Kansas City Royals say they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Nate Karns on contracts for the 2018 season, avoiding arbitration with both players.

Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Herrera, a 28-year-old hurler from Tenares in the Dominican Republic, served as the Royals’ closer for most of the 2017 season, going 3-3 with a 4.25 ERA and 26 saves in 31 opportunities. 

After suffering a blown save on April 9, he converted 26 of his next 28 chances (92.9 percent), the best percentage in the American League during that stretch.  Herrera also ranked eighth among AL relievers with a 1.78 ERA (5 ER in 25.1 IP) in his 27 road outings.

Karns, a 30-year-old pitcher from Arlington, Texas, went 2-2 with a 4.17 ERA in eight starts and nine appearances last season, his first with Kansas City. 

He posted a 1.59 ERA (3 ER in 17.0 IP) and held opponents to a .159 average (10-for-63) in three starts at Kauffman Stadium. 

On May 13, Karns fanned a career-high 12 hitters in a start against the Orioles, while over his final five starts of the season, he fanned 37 and walked just four.

Following today’s transactions, the Royals have just one arbitration-eligible player – right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer – who remains unsigned for the 2018 season.

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