Kansas City inking two-year deals with former Atlanta pitchers coming back from arm surgeries is a thing now, apparently.
Last year the Royals added right-hander Kris Medlen on a two-year deal and now they’ve added his former rotation-mate, left-hander Mike Minor, on an incentive-laden two-year contract.
Minor will begin the season on the disabled list as he comes back from shoulder surgery, but the hope is that he’ll be healthy in time to potentially make a second-half impact and then be a full-time member of the rotation in 2017.
It’s a gamble, certainly, but the Royals are only putting $7.5 million up front and will be happy to pay Minor the many built-in incentives if he’s able to reach them. The contract also includes a $10 million mutual option for 2018.
Minor was non-tendered by the Braves, but prior to tearing his shoulder he was a very solid mid-rotation starter with a 3.97 ERA in 612 innings from 2011-2014.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.