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Jeremy Guthrie is going to hit the free agent market

Oct 27, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

Jeremy Guthrie AP

Jeremy Guthrie was surprisingly good for the Royals after being shipped there from Colorado in the middle of the season, going 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 16 starts. And given that the Royals desperately need starting pitching, you’d think that they’d be all over trying to get Guthrie extended before he hits the free agent market.

Nope:

“I think it’s pretty safe to say he’s going to explore free agency,” general manager Dayton Moore said. “We’ll continue to monitor how that goes. He’s going to explore his options, and it’s important that we do as well.”

Bob Dutton of the K.C. Star reports that Guthrie wants a three-year deal and that Kansas City is only willing to go two years. And I can see the reluctance given Guthrie’s less-than-astounding track record.
That said, I have the feeling that, given the new TV money sloshing around the sport, and given the relative dearth of top-tier free agent talent available, there will be some silly contracts handed out to pitchers this winter. Guthrie might get his three years from someone.
  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    It would be funny to see the Red Sox and the Yankees fight over him because he has experience pitching in the AL East.

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