Just when I was thinking “why are the KC Royals being so quiet this offseason?” they go and make news. Granted, it is very small news, but news is news.
Reliever Michael Mariot, who was designated for assignment two Fridays ago to make room for the six minor leaguers the Royals added to the 40-man roster, was claimed by the Philadelphia Phillies.
The worst team in baseball Phillies are looking to rebuild their pitching staff and Mariot could play an integral part. Hopefully he takes full advantage of his opportunity and enjoys being reunited with Nebraska teammate Cody Asche.
Mariot has always been solid in the minors, but was never really given a chance with the Royals in the big leagues. After becoming a full-time reliever in 2013, Mariot has converted 21 of 27 save opportunities. He also has a career 3.34 ERA (420.2 innings), opponents have hit .246 against him, and he has 391 strikeouts compared to 118 walks.
Mariot has only pitched in 19 games at the big league level (totaling 28 innings).
Later on Monday, the Royals announced that they avoided arbitration with left-handed reliever Tim Collins, who missed the entire 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery. Many predicted that Collins would be non-tendered, but the Royals instead re-signed him.
Collins agreed to a $1.475 million contract for the upcoming season. It is the same salary he earned in 2015. He also can earn an extra $50,000 bonus if he is selected for the All-Star Game. Collins can become a free agent after the 2016 season.
Wednesday is the tender date in Major League Baseball and the Royals still have seven remaining arbitration eligible players: Drew Butera, Lorenzo Cain, Jarrod Dyson, Mike Moustakas, Louis Coleman, Danny Duffy, and Greg Holland (who will miss the entire 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery).