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Kelvin Herrera | Relief Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/31/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Royals avoided arbitration with RHP Kelvin Herrera by agreeing to a two-year, $4.15 million contract.
The deal buys out Herrera's first two years of arbitration eligibility; he carries four total years of arbitration-eligibility as a Super Two qualifier. Herrera, 25, posted a sparkling 1.41 ERA in 70 relief appearances last season for the American League champions and should remain one of the top setup men in the majors in 2015. Feb 12 - 3:50 PM

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According to's Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals are close to a multi-year deal with Kelvin Herrera.

Herrera is in his first year of arbitration eligibility and requested $1.9 million from the Royals, who countered at $1.15 million. The hard-throwing 25-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.56 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 210 strikeouts in 214 2/3 major league innings. He finished the 2014 season with a 1.41 ERA.
Feb 12 - 3:40 PM

Kelvin Herrera requested $1.9 million and was offered $1.15 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged. projected Herrera to earn $1.5 million in his first year of arbitration. The two sides seem likely to meet somewhere in the middle in order to avoid a hearing next month.
Jan 16 - 5:18 PM

Jayson Stark of ESPN reports that the Royals are drawing interest in reliever Kelvin Herrera.

Most the trade talk has been about Wade Davis and Greg Holland due to their rising salaries, but the Royals could consider dealing Herrera if the right offer comes along. The 24-year-old had a 1.41 ERA and 59/26 K/BB ratio over 70 innings this past season and is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Stark hears from one executive that he's viewed as a "potential closer."
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 11:35:00 AM

Kelvin Herrera (forearm) is expected to be available out of the bullpen for Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday.

Herrera received clearance after playing catch with pitching coach Dave Eiland on Saturday with no issues. The reliever has a slight flexor strain in his right forearm but the Royals are evidently willing to gamble that the ailment won't get worse.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 08:56:00 AM

Kelvin Herrera has been diagnosed with a slight flexor strain in his right forearm and is unavailable for Friday's contest against the Angels.

Herrera exited Thursday's game after facing just one hitter. It's certainly encouraging news that there is nothing wrong structurally, but his availability for the remainder of the Division Series remains in question. He is set to be re-evaluated on Saturday.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 08:21:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera (forearm) will undergo an MRI on Friday.

Herrera exited Thursday's ALDS Game 1 after facing just one batter due to right forearm tightness. It's an ailment that could conceivably keep him out a while even if nothing comes back wrong structurally, but we'll just have to see what the exam says.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 08:47:00 AM

Kelvin Herrera exited Thursday's game versus the Angels with right forearm tightness.

Well, that's no good. Herrera walked the only batter he faced Thursday before being pulled. The Royals should provide more on his status after the game, but it seems likely that his postseason is over, which would be a big blow to the Royals' bullpen.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 11:51:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera left Thursday's game against the Angels with an apparent hand injury.

Herrera was checked on by the trainer after walking David Freese on five pitches to lead off the seventh inning. It looked like a possible blister or maybe a cramp in his hand. We'll know for sure soon when the Royals provide an update.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 11:16:00 PM

Royals recalled RHP Kelvin Herrera from Triple-A Omaha.

It will be his third stint in the majors, as the former setup man has flamed out in his other chances. Herrera has pitched well of late at Omaha, though, throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings with a 13/2 K/BB ratio in July. He figures to be used in low-leverage situations for now.
Fri, Jul 19, 2013 08:22:00 AM

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals will recall Kelvin Herrera and Chris Getz from Triple-A Omaha prior to Friday's game.

They've already sent down Johnny Giavotella and Everett Teaford in corresponding moves. Herrera entered the season as a top setup man but ultimately flamed out and has been demoted twice. He got his act together at Omaha, throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings with a 13/2 K/BB ratio in July, but Herrera is likely to be used in low-leverage situations for now.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 06:28:00 PM

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star was told by a club official that the Royals are considering calling up Kelvin Herrera in the next few days.

Herrera owns an ugly 5.20 ERA in 29 appearances with the Royals this season and has been demoted twice, but he has a 17/2 K/BB ratio over 11 2/3 scoreless innings in his last five appearances between Double- and Triple-A. The hard-throwing 23-year-old has a ton of talent, so the Royals are hoping that he has righted himself.
Wed, Jul 17, 2013 12:33:00 PM

Royals optioned RHP Kelvin Herrera to Triple-A Omaha.

Herrera got off to a solid start after returning from the minors, but he has allowed five runs on five hits and four walks over his last four appearances. The hard-throwing right-hander will attempt to get back on track is a less pressure-packed environment.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 03:58:00 PM

Kelvin Herrera took the loss on Tuesday, allowing three runs in just 1/3 of an inning against the Indians.

Herrera hadn't allowed a run since being recalled on June 5 but struggled mightily on Tuesday, allowing three runs on two hits and a walk. There was a point early in the season where Herrera looked like he might wrestle the closing job away from a struggling Greg Holland, but with Holland straightened out and Herrera's troubles that seems like a remote possibility anytime in 2013.
Tue, Jun 18, 2013 10:15:00 PM

Royals recalled RHP Kelvin Herrera from Triple-A Omaha.

Herrera dominated during his 10-day stay in the minor leagues and should immediately return to setup duties in Kansas City. The hard-throwing right-hander has a cool 3.04 ERA in 106-plus career major league innings.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 04:50:00 PM

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Relief Pitcher
R1Greg Holland
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3Kelvin Herrera
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