Hahn agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Royals on Tuesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. He will avoid arbitration with the Royals and will hit the open market after the 2021 season. Hahn logged a 0.52 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and 19:8 K:BB in 17.1 innings (18 appearances) out of the bullpen last season and should compete for a high-leverage role in camp.
Hahn fired one scoreless inning Sunday as he earned the save against the Tigers. He allowed no hits and one walk while striking out three. Hahn was dominant throughout the 2020 season as he allowed just one run over 17.1 relief innings. During his final three outings, he was rewarded with a win and two saves. Although he had a small sample during the abbreviated season, the 31-year-old could compete for a fairly prominent role in the bullpen in 2021.
Hahn pitched a scoreless ninth inning with one walk and two strikeouts to earn the save in Friday's 3-2 win over the Tigers. Hahn walked Niko Goodrum, but whiffed Brandon Dixon and Eric Haase after that to escape the danger. It was Hahn's second save of the season to go with five holds, a 0.55 ERA and 0.67 WHIP in 16.1 innings. With Greg Holland (oblique) on the injured list to close out the year, Hahn could be in the mix if any save opportunities arise over the last two days of the season.
Hahn struck out the only two batters he faced to record the save during Saturday's 9-6 win over the White Sox. Ian Kennedy began the ninth inning with a 9-3 lead, but he surrendered three runs (two earned) before getting lifted with an apparent injury, allowing Hahn the chance to notch the first save of his career in clean-up duty. Hahn has been solid in limited action for the Royals this season, allowing one hit with a 7:3 K:BB across five innings. The 31-year-old had never even recorded a hold in his career prior to Saturday, and he's unlikely to be a factor for the closer's role even after the departure of Trevor Rosenthal.
The Royals reinstated Hahn (personal) from the paternity list Wednesday. Kansas City will designate Hahn as its 29th man for Wednesday's doubleheader versus the Reds, and since he doesn't have any minor-league options remaining, the Royals will likely bump someone else off the active roster at the conclusion of the twin bill. Hahn has yet to make his 2020 debut after he left the team shortly before the conclusion of summer camp due to the unexpected death of his mother.