August 21, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (33) in the dugout during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
#Royals GM Dayton Moore says club "probably" will wait until after season to explore contract talks with pending free-agent Jeremy Guthrie.— Bob Dutton (@Royals_Report) September 6, 2012
The 33-year-old right-hander, swapped for the struggling Jonathan Sanchez in late July, has pitched well in his short stint with the Royals after an abysmal half season with the Colorado Rockies. Guthrie, who had a 6.35 ERA and 4.5 K/9 in fifteen starts with Colorado, has a much-improved 3.70 ERA and 6.4 K/9 in nine starts for Kansas City.
Guthrie has said that he would have no issues discussing a contract extension in-season, but the club seems to want to gauge his performance for the rest of the season before coming to any decisions. Now earning $8.2 million in his final year of arbitration, Guthrie will get his first chance on the free agent market this winter.