AL champ Royals enter new season with newfound expectations
MAR 26, 9:52p ET | AP
Rotowire: Feb 13 / 7:29a ET
News: Holland avoided arbitration with the Royals with a one-year, $8.25 million deal, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com.
Impact: Holland has had a 1.32 ERA and 13.5 K/9 in the last two years, making his case as the best closer in the American League. He has one more round of arbitration in 2016 before reaching free agency.
StatsLLC: Feb 13 / 12:00a ET
News: The Royals and closer Greg Holland avoided salary arbitration Friday when they agreed to an $8.25 million, one-year contract shortly before their hearing.
Impact: The 29-year-old right-hander had 46 saves and a 1.44 ERA for the AL champions, striking out 90 and walking 20 in 62 1-3 innings. Holland had seven saves and a 0.82 ERA in the postseason, helping the Royals reach Game 7 of the World Series before losing to San Francisco.