The Kansas City Royals had already decided to give Luke Hochevar another chance.
Now they know exactly how much it's going to cost.
The Royals agreed to a one-year, $4.65 million deal with the right-hander on Friday to avoid arbitration. The deal includes up to $100,000 in performance bonuses.
Hochevar made 29 starts last season, going 8-16 with a 5.73 ERA. The former No. 1 overall pick showed flashes in some starts of the kind of pitcher the Royals hoped he would become, but he also had plenty of erratic outings that left team officials scratching their heads.
Royals manager Ned Yost has been among the most ardent supporters of Hochevar, saying just last month that he still believes the 29-year-old right-hander can turn the corner.
''We'll just see how it plays out, get to spring training and let him go,'' Yost said.
Spring training is where Hochevar will have to define his role, too.
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