KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) ROYALS AGREE TO TERMS WITH TIM COLLINS
ON ONE-YEAR CONTRACT FOR 2014
KANSAS CITY, MO (January 16, 2014) — The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with left-handed pitcher Tim Collins for the 2014 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 24-year-old Collins spent his third full season in the Major Leagues in 2013, going 3-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 66 appearances out of the bullpen. His 66 relief appearances ranked second on the Royals, behind only closer Greg Holland’s 68. The 5-foot-7 lefty recorded 52 strikeouts in 53.1 innings of work, giving him 205 K’s with the Royals, which ranks ninth all-time among Kansas City relief pitchers. Collins is 12-14 with a 3.51 ERA in 206 appearances at the big league level. He and his wife, Tiffany, reside in Worcester, Mass.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Royals have signed former All-Star pitcher Brad Penny and veteran reliever Guillermo Mota to minor league contracts that include invitations to spring training.
The team announced the moves Wednesday. Pitchers and catchers report to camp on Feb. 14 in Surprise, Ariz.
The 35-year-old Penny, whose best years came with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is trying to resurrect his career after missing last season to rest his right shoulder. Penny was 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA in 2012 with the San Francisco Giants.
Mota has been with seven different clubs, most recently the Giants. The right-hander is 39-45 with a 3.94 ERA over 14 seasons. He is coming off a 100-game suspension for a second positive drug test. His agent says it was for clenbuterol found in children's cough syrup.