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Ian Kennedy will not exercise the opt-out clause in his contract

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Royals’ right-hander Ian Kennedy will not opt out of his contract, according to a report from FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. It’s a no-brainer for Kennedy, who mulled over the decision in September and eventually told reporters, “It would be pretty stupid if I did [opt out].” He still has three years and $49 million guaranteed with the club, which would take him through his age-35 season in 2020.

There’s little incentive for the right-hander to test the free agent market after putting up some career-worst numbers in 2017. After weathering a hamstring strain and some lingering shoulder tightness, Kennedy finished the season with a 5-13 record in 30 starts, earning the unenviable distinction of earning the fewest wins in the most starts since the Orioles’ Kevin Millwood posted a 4-16 record in 2010. (Granted, pitcher wins mean next to nothing, but this still isn’t a club you want to find yourself in.) That wasn’t just the result of the Royals going 80-82 in 2017, however — he also racked up a 5.38 ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 7.7 SO/9 through 154 innings with the team.

The Royals have yet to confirm the report.

Scooter Gennett wins arbitration case against Reds

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The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.

Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.

Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.