Royals, pitcher Danny Duffy agree to terms for 2015 season

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 6, 2015) - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has come to terms with left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. 

Duffy, 26, had an outstanding 2014 season, ranking fifth in the American League in ERA (2.53), fifth in opponents' batting average (.209) and ninth in WHIP (1.11), to go with a 9-12 record in 31 appearances (25 starts). His .209 opponents' average last season was the lowest by a Royals' lefty and third-lowest in club history by a pitcher that threw more than 140.0 innings. The southpaw held opposing lefties to a .137 average (17-for-124), allowing just three extra-base hits (all doubles). Duffy made three postseason appearances out of the bullpen, earning the victory in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, pitching a scoreless 10th inning against the Angels in the 3-2 triumph. He's 17-22 with a 3.67 ERA and a .241 opponents' average, pitching in parts of four seasons with Kansas City.

The signing of Duffy leaves the Royals with three unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland and first baseman Eric Hosmer.