KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals and left-hander Tim Collins have agreed to terms on a contract for this season, leaving 11 unsigned players on their 40-man roster.
The unsigned players have fewer than three years of service time, which means their contracts can be set at the club’s discretion.
The deal with the 22-year-old Collins was announced Friday, three days before pitchers and catchers are due to report to the team’s spring training facility in Surprise, Ariz.
Collins was 4-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 68 relief appearances during his rookie season.
The remaining unsigned players are right-handers Louis Coleman, Greg Holland, Vin Mazzaro and Luis Mendoza; left-hander Danny Duffy; infielders Alcides Escobar, Johnny Giavotella, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas; catcher Salvador Perez and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.
Kansas City begins full-squad workouts on Feb. 25.