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Royals, Danny Duffy Agree To Five-Year Deal

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Kansas City Royals and pitcher Danny Duffy agree to five-year deal

Today, the Kansas City Royals announced the signing of southpaw starting pitcher Danny Duffy to a five-year, $65 million deal. The homegrown, 28-year-old Duffy was slated to be a free agent at season’s end. He earned $4.225 million last season in his second year of arbitration eligibility. He was drafted in the third round of the June Amateur Draft in 2007 by the Royals and debuted in 2011 and made 20 starts.

He had been sporadically used as a starter and in the bullpen up until last season when he was inserted into the starting rotation full-time.

Duffy began the 2016 season in Kansas City’s bullpen before joining the rotation. In 26 starts, he threw 161.2 innings and compiled a 3.56 ERA while posting a 3.83 FIP to go along with a 25.7K% and 5.8BB%.

Had he thrown enough innings to qualify (roughly just seven more), he would’ve been among the MLB leaders in a few categories including pitching WAR (4.2 right behind Jon Lester’s (14th in baseball) 4.3).

There were questions surrounding Duffy up until this year. He’s always had great stuff, some of the best raw stuff in the league even, but he had never been able to put it all together until this past season. Duffy was only able to make five starts in 2012 and was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery.

He came back in 2013, appearing in 12 games (10 starts) in AAA before joining the big league club to make five starts. He did manage a 2.53 ERA in 31 games, making 25 starts in 2014. However, that was largely due to a very low .239 BABIP by opposing hitters.

This Kansas City team could change shape drastically in the near future with the pending free agency of Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Eric Hosmer. Being able to lock up Duffy could prove big for the Royals. Any questions about Duffy have mostly been put to bed with his performance last season and if he continues the trend, this deal could end up being a steal for the Royals.