Royals, Danny Duffy avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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Left-hander Danny Duffy has avoided arbitration with the Royals, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2.425 million.

He requested $3 million and the Royals countered at $1.75 million.

Duffy has thrived coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery, posting a 2.44 ERA in 174 total innings since going under the knife in 2012. That includes a 2.53 ERA in 149 innings last season spent mostly as a starter, but the 26-year-old missed the playoffs with a rib injury.

He’ll be a full-time member of Kansas City’s rotation this season.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.