Royals avoid arbitration with two more, lose Adams to Yanks

The KC Royals avoided arbitration with two more players today, giving them just two more who are arbitration eligible: Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain.

Catcher Drew Butera will get $1.1625 million, along with $12,500 if he plays 25 games. MLB Trade Rumors projected him to get $1.1 million. Butera will have to beat out Tony Cruz to be Salvador Perez’ backup.

Danny Duffy

Royals lefty starter Danny Duffy during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Lefty Danny Duffy will get $4.225 million. MLB Trade Rumors projected Duffy to get $4 million. Right now, Duffy will get a chance at a rotation spot, though I think it is more likely he will be in the bullpen in 2016.

So the Royals over paid a bit on both players.


*Outfielder Lane Adams, who was designated for assignment to make room for the re-signing of Alex Gordon, was claimed off waivers by the NY Yankees. The Yankees may be set in the outfield with veterans Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Brett Gardner, but they have a tendency to get hurt. Adams could earn a spot as a bench player or fourth/fifth outfielder.

Best of luck Lane!


About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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