Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/22/12
Jeremy Guthrie pitched well for the final two months of the season for the Kansas City Royals and parlayed that into a three-year, $25 million contract. Guthrie, who was re-signed Nov. 20, went 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts after he was acquired from the Rockies in a July 20 trade for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. Guthrie lost his first three Royals starts, which dropped him to 3-12 with a 6.10 ERA. He finished strong, however, going 5-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his final 11 starts. Guthrie was much more comfortable pitching at spacious Kauffman Stadium than the mile-high Denver altitude. "The way I pitched in Kansas City is much more indicative of how I've pitched over the course of my career," he said. "If you grab the three months in Colorado -- and even more specifically the home starts, where my ERA was 9.60 -- it was an outlier." The Royals' rotation has been a weak link in the past several seasons, so retaining Guthrie was a prime priority. Their first offseason move w...
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