On Monday afternoon, the KC Royals finally announced the signing of starting pitcher Edinson Volquez. It was reported via Twitter and Jon Heyman back on December 17th.
Volquez signed a two year deal, with a mutual option for 2017 (what is with all the option years the Royals are handing out?). He will make $7.5 million in 2015 and $9.5 million in 2016. The option for 2017 is worth $10 million or they buy him out for $3 million.
Like the previous Royals free agent signings this offseason, Volquez stressed that the team’s World Series appearance was a major factor in him choosing the Royals to be his next team.
Volquez is coming off a solid year with Pittsburgh: 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA over a team-leading 192.2 innings. He should slot into the void left by James Shields (who still has not signed yet and I haven’t heard about many teams showing interest). I think he could be a valuable asset in the maturation of Yordano Ventura.
You can watch the Kansas City Star’s interview with Volquez below:
Though their website still has their roster at 41, infielder Ryan Jackson, who the Royals traded for right before Thanksgiving, was designated for assignment. Jackson (who was traded for cash) was designated for assignment by the LA Dodgers, who had claimed him off waivers from the SD Padres at the beginning of November. Jackson could be headed to his sixth organization in little over a year.