Royals Agree to Terms with Tim Collins on a One-Year Contract for 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO (February 17, 2012) — The Kansas City Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on a 2012 Major League contract with left-handed pitcher Tim Collins.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The 22-year-old Collins made 68 appearances for the Royals in 2011, his rookie campaign.  The lefty was 4-4 with a 3.63 ERA, striking out 60 and walking 48 in 67.0 innings.  Collins was acquired by the Royals from the Atlanta Braves on July 31, 2010.

The Royals now have 11 unsigned players on the 40-man roster with zero to three years of service time: right-handed pitchers Louis Coleman, Greg Holland, Vin Mazzaro and Luis Mendoza; left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy; catcher Salvador Perez; infielders Alcides Escobar, Johnny Giavotella, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas; and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

Pitchers and catchers will report to Surprise, Ariz., on Monday, February 20.  Workouts for pitchers begin the following afternoon, Tuesday, February 21.  The remainder of the squad will report on Friday, February 24 and begin workouts for the 2012 campaign on Saturday afternoon, February 25.