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The Butterfly Effect: Luke Hochevar

“Some of God’s greatest gifts are [unsigned Hochevars].” — Garth Brooks *** In the 2005 draft, the Dodgers did not have a true first-round pick, having lost their pick (number 26 overall) to the Boston Red Sox as compensation for signing free agent Derek Lowe. Their first pick came at number 40 overall, a compensation pick for losing free agent Adrian Beltre to the Seattle...
Via Baseball Essential
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Friday Notes

Do you remember a couple weeks ago when people were lamenting the lack of moves made by the Kansas City Royals this off-season? That seems like ages ago. Pushing aside the Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar transactions were a flurry of moves that appear to have the Royals roster pretty well set for the 2015 season. Signing Kendrys Morales, Alex Rios, Edinson Volquez and now Kris Medlen...
Via Pine Tar Press
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Thinking Aloud About the 2015 Royals

Barring a blockbuster trade that shakes up the foundation of the Royals, it looks like the 2015 version of the team is shaping up right before our eyes. With the free agent signings of Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios, the Royals two big needs on offense have been taken care of, and with re-signing Jason Frasor and Luke Hochevar along with reaching a one-year deal with Yohan Pino, it...
Via Pine Tar Press
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals May Have to Play Waiting Game

The joke around the Kansas City Royals in previous years has been that the club typically has the first deal of the winter wrapped up around the time the World Series ends. Of course, this year, the Royals were playing in that game, so they needed a little time to recover and get moving on the off-season. They've made some minor moves early in the off-season, re-inking Jason Frasor...
Via Pine Tar Press
December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals: where does Luke Hochevar fit?

  An already very well staffed Kansas City Royals bullpen will be adding yet another weapon to their arsenal for the 2015 season. Luke Hochevar recently signed a two-year deal with Kansas City worth $10 million dollars CBSSports.com reports. Hochevar has the option to gain an extra $1 million dollars if he performs to the best of his abilities. However, analysts are skeptical of...
Via isportsweb.com
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' Hochevar to begin throwing off mound soon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar hopes to begin throwing off a mound later this month as he continues to rehab from Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss all of last season. Hochevar, who signed a $10 million, two-year deal to remain in Kansas City this week, had the surgery after feeling a twinge in his pitching elbow in spring training. He wound up...
Via AP on Fox
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals' Hochevar: 'This is the place I wanted to be'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The real reason right-hander Luke Hochevar re-signed with the Royals this week? "I didn't want to miss out on any fun next season," Hochevar said Friday in a conference call. Hochevar, who signed a two-year deal worth $10 million, said it was difficult watching the Royals' amazing playoff run without being able to contribute. Hochevar had Tommy John surgery last...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals give Luke Hochevar two-year deal

Getty Images The Royals have signed relief pitcher Luke Hochevar to a two-year contract which carries a mutual option for 2017. Hochevar will earn $10 million over the course of the next two seasons giving the Royals a right hander who had a 1.92 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 82/17 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings in 2013. Coming off of Tommy John surgery it is questionable as to when the former...
Via Tireball.com
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals announce two-year, $10M deal for reliever Hochevar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Luke Hochevar and the American League champion Kansas City Royals completed a $10 million, two-year contract Thursday that includes a mutual option for 2017. The right-hander will earn $4 million next season and $5.5 million in 2016, and the option includes a $500,000 buyout, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition...
Via AP on Fox
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals announce two-year, $10M deal for reliever Hochevar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Luke Hochevar and the American League champion Kansas City Royals completed a $10 million, two-year contract Thursday that includes a mutual option for 2017. The right-hander will earn $4 million next season and $5.5 million in 2016, and the option includes a $500,000 buyout, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals announce 2-year deal for reliever Hochevar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Luke Hochevar and the American League champion Kansas City Royals have completed a $10 million, two-year contract that includes a mutual option for 2017. The team announced the move Thursday. Hochevar will earn $4 million next season and $5.5 million in 2016 with a $500,000 buyout, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press. The person spoke...
Via AP on Fox
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Bullpen Depth Could Be Used in Multiple Ways

The reported re-signing of Luke Hochevar by the Kansas City Royals has done exactly what the organization said it was going to do this off-season, and that's restore some depth in the Royals bullpen for the 2015 season. On the surface, the Royals 2014 bullpen was quite good. And if you dig deeper, the bullpen was quite good, but it wasn't nearly as good as it was in 2013. While it...
Via Pine Tar Press
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals: Small market, pricey bullpen is a major problem

Credit: AP/Matt Slocum The Kansas City Royals have an exciting, dominant bullpen that features Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. This all-time epic trio was hugely responsible for the Royals’ magical October run to the World Series. With Herrera entering arbitration and his fellow late-inning animals becoming extremely expensive though, Kansas City has a major problem...
Via Reading Between The Seams
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Royals, Luke Hochevar agree on $10M, two-year deal

  Right-hander Luke Hochevar and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a $10 million, two-year deal that should give the defending American League champions even more firepower in their bullpen. Hochevar will make $4.5 million this season and $5.5 million for the 2016 season, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

AP source: Royals, Hochevar agree to 2-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Right-hander Luke Hochevar and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a $10 million, two-year deal, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press. Hochevar will make $4.5 million this season and $5.5 million for the 2016 season, the person said Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because Hochevar must pass a physical to complete...
Via AP on Fox
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Re-Sign Hochevar on Two-Year Deal

The Royals have added to what was already the best bullpen in baseball by agreeing to retain the services of reliever Luke Hochevar with a two-year, $10 million deal, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. luke hochevar signs FA deal back with royals: $10M, 2 years. kc enhances baseball’s best pen. http://t.co/JMtdaiSFEY — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 3, 2014 The number...
Via Baseball Essential
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals close to signing Hochevar, won't shift Davis back to rotation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Wednesday that the Royals are close to signing right-hander Luke Hochevar to a two-year deal reportedly in the $10.5 million range, but that the Royals were not yet ready to make an announcement. Hochevar, 31, made $5,210,000 last season, though he didn't pitch after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. The...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Will Bring Back Hochevar

    It appears Luke Hochevar may get the chance to jump on a Royals dogpile after all. After proclaiming his greatest regret for missing the 2014 season as being that he would miss out on postseason fun, it seems he may still get his chance in the coming years. It was announced by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that the Royals and Hochevar have agreed on a 2 year $10MM deal...
Via Royals Blue
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Perspective, Pride, and Validation

What follows below was 95% written over the day leading up to game 7. I was so confident the Royals would cruise to a victory that I spent many hours yesterday crafting my cup runneth over with excitement into words. I was already arranging work meetings around the parade on Friday. All postseason long, I have been privately laughing at the unknowledgeable fair weather fan....
Via Royals Blue
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Eclipsing The Hype

Life never lives up to the hype. The rollercoaster is never worth the 90 minute wait in line. The new phone that was supposed to change your life is only moderately good, doesn’t make phone calls and the battery isn’t long enough. That new “Selfie” show with the MILF guy and Amy Pond is a disaster.  The hype sets an unachievable bar every time.Well…that was until Tuesday...
Via Pine Tar Press
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Injury Update: Luke Hochevar throws for first time since surgery

The Kansas City Royals headed into Thursday night's game against the Boston Red Sox with a record of 80-64, first in the American League Central. With 18 games remaining in the regular season, the Royals have an excellent shot at the post season. Although pitcher Luke Hochevar will not be part of the push towards the playoffs, he made a big stride in his recover from Tommy John...
Via Sports Injury Alert
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals Injury Update: Luke Hochevar hopes to start throwing in September

The Kansas City Royals entered Monday night's game with a 39-36 record, second in the American League Central. They are in the middle of the pack in both runs scored and team ERA. To remain competitive the rest of the way, the Royals will need continued improvement and stability in all phases of the game. Another key factor is to remain healthy. One player on the disabled list which...
Via Sports Injury Alert
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Royals June 23, 2014: Don’t Think About The Last Time These Teams Met

It’s cool if you don’t remember the last — by which, of course, I mean “the only” — time the Dodgers visited Kansas City. It was way back in 2005. The names included guys like Antonio Perez and Mike Edwards and Jason Grabowski. It was a time before Twitter, which is a good thing. No one wants to tweet about Jason Grabowski. No one wanted to watch Jason Grabowski. The...
Via Dodgers Digest
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Man That Royals Team is Bad…

Photo: (Charlie Riedel/AP)   UPDATE: Moose has been sent to AAA Omaha So I was talking with Walker about a little baseball this morning, and he says, “hey, you should do a comparison between this year and 2004.” To which I replied that 2003 was a fluke, 04 was a trainwreck and I would rather not. Buuuut I couldn’t help myself, so I pulled up both years, and wow. First of all...
Via Royals Blue
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

“Wade”ing Through Batters!

With the early lose of Luke Hochevar to Tommy John Surgery, the Royals looked to be very vulnerable in the bullpen this year.  After the first week or so, those fears became a little more real.  However, since that time the Royals bullpen has settled in to what again is one of the best in the bigs!  A major reason for that is the shut down ability of the new setup man Wade Davis...
Via Royals Blue
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss
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