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Hochevar Signs $3.51 million deal with Royals

Former Vol and current starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, Luke Hochevar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $3.51 million contract for the 2012 season on Tuesday, according to the Kansas City Star.

Hochevar, 28, posted an 11-11 record with a 4.68 ERA in 31 starts in 2011, setting career highs in innings (198.0) and strikeouts (128).

In his three years at Tennessee, Hochevar compiled a 25-10 record with a 3.05 ERA in 51 career appearances, including 33 starts. In 280.1 total innings, he struck out 287 and held opposing hitters to a .232 batting average. 

In 2005, he was named the SEC Pitcher of the Year and won the Roger Clemens Award after tallying a 15-3 record with a 2.26 ERA while leading the Vols to the 2005 College World Series.

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