Royals decline Hochevar option

On Saturday, the KC Royals declined the $7 million option on right-handed reliever Luke Hochevar, making him a free agent. He has exercised his portion of the deal, but the Royals will pay him the $500,000 buyout.

Luke Hochevar

Royals reliever Luke Hochevar pitching during spring training 2013 (Jen Nevius).

Hochevar has pitched very well since becoming a full-time reliever for the Royals (2.93 ERA over 158.1 innings in three seasons), but injuries have plagued him (missing the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery). He missed the last two months of the 2016 season after having surgery to take care of his thoracic outlet syndrome (the new injury for Royals pitchers).

Recovery time for his surgery is six months, so Hochevar should be ready for spring training. I would expect the Royals to try and re-sign him to a cheaper contract.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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