Royals cut ties with reliever Louis Coleman

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Louis Coleman registered an outstanding 2.69 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 10.3 K/9 over his first 140 1/3 major league innings from 2011-2013, but it fell apart for him in 2014 and he made just four appearances at the big league level in 2015. Now, for the first time in his professional career, the right-hander is going to have to find a new team.

Coleman was designated for assignment by the Royals last Friday to clear a 40-man roster spot for new starting pitcher Ian Kennedy and on Wednesday the 29-year-old reliever officially got handed his release.

The past success should net Coleman multiple offers on the open market, but it’s a safe bet that they will all be of the non-guaranteed minor league contract variety. He can then try to win a bullpen job somewhere during spring training.

Coleman had a shiny 1.69 ERA in 64 innings last year at Triple-A Omaha.