Royals sign Holland to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

Greg Holland is under contract after saving a team-record 47 games last season.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals on Wednesday signed closer Greg Holland to a one-year deal worth $4.675 million, thus avoiding arbitration.

Holland had asked for $5.2 million and the Royals had countered with $4.1 million. Holland made $539,500 last season.

Holland saved a club-record 47 games for the Royals last season and posted a 1.21 ERA with a 0.87 WHIP. He was named the Royals’ pitcher of the year.

Holland became the last of the Royals’ arbitration-eligible players to sign. All Royals players are now signed heading into spring training.

The Royals and Holland had discussed the possibility of a long-term deal, and a source close to the situation said the two sides "have not abandoned" the notion.

Holland’s one-year deal also included the standard $50,000 bonus for making the All-Star team, a feat he accomplished in 2013.

With the signing, Royals general manager Dayton Moore kept his perfect record intact — he has not had a player go to arbitration since he became general manager in June 2006. The last Royals player to go to arbitration was Emil Brown in January 2006. Brown won when he was awarded $1.775 million instead of the $1.4 million the Royals offered.

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