StatsLLC: Dec 29 / 12:00a ET
News: The Royals have announced the signing of Volquez to a $20 million, two-year contract that includes a mutual option for the 2017 season. Volquez will make $7.5 million in 2015 and $9.5 million in 2016 under the deal announced Monday. His option year is worth $10 million with a $3 million buyout.
Impact: Volquez fills the last big hole by taking James Shields' spot in the rotation. Shields became a free agent and it was unlikely the Royals would be able to keep him.
Rotowire: Dec 17 / 2:51p ET
News: Volquez agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with the Royals on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.
Impact: This comes after a career year for Volquez with the Pirates, during which he produced a 3.04 ERA over 192.2 innings. A huge part of that was Volquez's career-low 3.3 BB/9. However, Volquez could be a major regression candidate for 2015, as last season saw him outperform his FIP and xFIP by more than an entire run. Proceed with caution.