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On Thursday, Dec. 4, the 2014 American League Champion Kansas City Royals announced an agreement to terms on a two-year deal with former Tennessee Volunteer and Royals bullpen ace Luke Hochevar, as reported by MLB.com.

After spending the 2014 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, the right-hander began a throwing program late in the season with plans to be game-ready by Opening Day 2015. After becoming a free agent for the first time in his professional career this offseason, Hochevar ultimately chose to remain with Kansas City, the team that drafted his as the first-overall pick of the 2006 MLB Draft out of Rocky Top.

Following his big league debut with the Royals in 2007, Hochevar was a vital piece of the Kansas City's rotation for the next five seasons. In 2013, he made the move to the bullpen and excelled, posting a 5-2 record with a 1.92 ERA in 58 appearances. Hochevar also recorded 82 strikeouts over 70.1 innings of work, which ranked as sixth-most among American League relief pitchers. His 10.49 strikeouts per nine innings ratio that season also proved to be eighth-best in franchise history for Kansas City.

Check out more of the latest news on the former Tennessee Baseball All-American and 2005 Roger Clemens National Pitcher of the Year Award winner:
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