The Kansas City Royals did not tender a contract to left-handed reliever Richard Lovelady ahead of Major League Baseball's Tuesday night non-tender deadline.
Lovelady, 26, had the most success of his three-year major league career in 2021, posting a 3.48 ERA with a .211 opponent batting average, 23 strikeouts and six walks over 20.2 innings. He sprained his left UCL in August, though, and he underwent Tommy John surgery in late September — an operation that is likely to keep him off the mound for most or all of the 2022 season.
In 46 career major league appearances with the Royals, Lovelady has a 5.62 ERA.
The Royals did tender contracts to all seven of their arbitration-eligible players: right-handers Scott Barlow and Brad Keller, catcher Cam Gallagher, first baseman/outfielder Ryan O'Hearn, infielders Nicky Lopez and Adalberto Mondesi, and outfielder Andrew Benintendi.