Royals sign veteran lefty reliever Diekman
Left-handed reliever Jake Diekman was signed Wednesday by the Kansas City Royals to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2020 worth a guaranteed $2.75 million. The 32-year-old Diekman will make $2.25 million in base salary this season, with performance bonuses available for games and games finished. The Royals can buy out his option year for $500,000.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Diekman, the Royals placed right-hander Jesse Hahn on the 60-day injured list. While recovering from Tommy John surgery, Hahn is not expected to be ready by Opening Day. Last season, Diekman pitched for the Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks, finishing with a career-worst 4.73 ERA over 71 combined appearances.
He has a career record of 14-15 with a 3.75 ERA and 383 strikeouts in 312 innings over 365 relief appearances. He appeared in 47 games for the Rangers and went 1-1 with a 3.69 ERA, 48 strikeouts and 23 walks in 39 innings. Following a trade to Arizona, his ERA soared to 7.53 while he allowed 18 hits and eight walks in 14 1/3 innings, with 18 strikeouts.
Diekman, from Wymore, Neb., was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 30th round in 2007 from Cloud County (Kan.) Community College. He pitched for the Phillies from 2012-15, compiling a 9-11 record and a 3.84 ERA over 191 relief appearances covering 173 1/3 innings. He has seven career saves, all recorded with the Rangers.
--Field Level Media