Mike Minor
P FA
3 weeks ago

Minor declined his option with the Royals for the 2018 season, effectively becoming a free agent in the process, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although Flanagan went on to state that the Royals have interest in re-signing Minor as the club's closer, the soon-to-be 30-year-old will have other suiters following a tremendous season out of the bullpen. Minor posted a 2.55 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over 77.2 innings during his first year as a non-starter, and spent the last couple weeks as Kansas City's main closer, saving all six of his opportunities since Sept. 15.

Mike Minor
P FA
2 months ago

Minor gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning en route to his sixth save of the season Saturday against the Diamondbacks.

EDGE Analysis

Christian Walker managed to line an 0-2 pitch into left field for a double, but Minor slammed the door on Arizona after that with three outs on seven pitches. In his six save opportunities in September, the southpaw didn't allow a run and produced a strong 8:1 K:BB. He's hoping to return to starting in 2018, but this string of ninth inning appearances certainly boosts his stock if he returns to a relief role in 2018.

Mike Minor
P FA
2 months ago

Minor fired a scoreless ninth inning en route to his fifth save of the season in Friday's 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks. He walked a batter and struck out two.

EDGE Analysis

Minor has notched saves in each of his last five appearances, firmly cementing himself over Scott Alexander as manager Ned Yost's preferred closing option since Kelvin Herrera was removed from the role earlier in September. While Minor's 2.58 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 10.2 K/9 over 76.2 innings in 2017 would make him a highly sought reliever when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this offseason, the 29-year-old recently suggested that he's hopeful to return to working as a starter in 2018. He carries a 4.10 ERA over his 110 career starts in the majors, all of which came with the Braves from 2010 to 2014.

Mike Minor
P FA
2 months ago

Minor said he will prepare for the 2018 season as if he'll be a starter, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

After spending his first five big-league campaigns as a starting pitcher, Minor was shifted to the bullpen prior to this season in an attempt to keep him healthy and maximize his output. It worked, as he compiled an impressive 2.62 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 85:21 K:BB in 75.2 innings and -- barring any setbacks -- will head into the offseason injury-free for the first time in five years. With a full offseason ahead of him, Minor will stretch out as a starter and compete for a rotation spot in 2018, though he said he's also open to returning to the bullpen. He owns a 4.10 ERA in 110 big-league starts over his career.

Mike Minor
P FA
2 months ago

Minor recorded a pair of outs in the ninth inning without allowing any baserunners for his fourth save Wednesday against the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

Minor came in with two on, one out and a four-run lead, so he got this save by the tying-run-on-deck rule. He traded an out for a run on a grounder, then got the final batter to fly out. The lefty has now collected saves in four consecutive appearances, and he's given up only a single run over his last 13.1 innings, so he's closing out the season strong.

Mike Minor
P FA
2 months ago

Minor allowed one hit while striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his third save in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

Minor gave up a leadoff single to Alex Presley, but induced a double play grounder from Ian Kinsler before striking out Jose Iglesias to end it. He's now 3-for-3 in save opportunities and has allowed just two hits with a 5:0 K:BB over three scoreless innings since taking over the closer role.

Mike Minor
P FA
2 months ago

Minor struck out one in a perfect ninth inning to nail down his second save in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Minor was the fourth Kansas City reliever used to complete a two-hit shutout started by Jason Vargas. Manager Ned Yost's latest choice for the ninth-inning role has gotten off to a hot start as the closer, allowing just one hit while posting a 4:0 K:BB in locking down a pair of one-run victories.

Mike Minor
P FA
2 months ago

Minor collected the first save of his career after allowing a hit and striking out the side in Friday's game against the Indians.

EDGE Analysis

With manager Ned Yost trying out a carousel of ninth-inning options, Minor came through to end Cleveland's record-breaking 22-game winning streak. The left-hander has been on fire this month, collecting six wins, five holds and now -- in his 171st MLB game -- his first career save. Minor isn't your prototypical closer, but there's no reason for Yost to try anything else until the 29-year-old falters.

Mike Minor
P FA
2 months ago

Minor picked up his 17th hold of the season after issuing a walk and striking out two over 1.1 innings Thursday against Cleveland.

EDGE Analysis

Minor continues to rack up fantasy-worthy marks as the season winds down. He now has five holds and one win to show for his six appearances this month.

Mike Minor
P FA
2 months ago

Minor allowed one run on three hits over two innings against the White Sox on Tuesday to capture his 16th hold of the year.

EDGE Analysis

The 29-year-old has picked up four holds and a win over his last five appearances. Minor's comeback from shoulder surgery -- and transition from starter to reliever -- has been nothing less than remarkable. In his first MLB campaign since 2014, the left-hander owns a career-best 2.73 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over a career-high 58 appearances.