The KC Royals avoided arbitration with three players already this morning according to Jon Heyman.
First is right-handed reliever Louis Coleman, who signed for $725,000. MLB Trade Rumors projected him to get $1 million.
Coleman spent most of the 2015 season with Triple-A Omaha (38 games to just four games in the big leagues) and was a player I thought the Royals would non-tender months ago. Instead, he is sticking around (for the time being).
The second is new to the organization catcher Tony Cruz, who agreed to a $975,000 deal. However, Heyman tweeted it out as the St. Louis Cardinals and Cruz agreed to a deal. Guessing there is just too much news coming in for Heyman to keep things straight.
MLB Trade Rumors projected Cruz to get $1 million.
Cruz was traded to the Royals from the Cardinals this offseason for minor league infielder Jose Martinez, not the outfielder who won the Pacific Coast League batting title.
The third is outfielder Jarrod Dyson, who agreed to a $1.725 million contract. Not bad for a defensive replacement and pinch runner, who only played in 90 games in 2015 with just 200 at-bats.
MLB Trade Rumors projected him to get $1.7 million, so the Royals only over paid a little with Dyson and saved money with both Coleman and Cruz.
Today is the day for the two sides to exchange arbitration figures, I expect more news to come trickling out.
Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Danny Duffy, and Drew Butera remain.