Friday’s Major League Baseball deadline to sign unsigned players under team control came and went for the KC Royals and they tendered contracts to three players.
First, they signed pitcher Felipe Paulino to a $1.75 million contract, with performance bonuses that could push the contract to $2 million. That is a bit of a pay cut from last season, but he is recovering from Tommy John surgery and expects to be back after the All-Star break. Paulino is excited to be sticking around and thinks the team is moving in the right direction. He began playing catch for the first time since surgery this week.
Second baseman Chris Getz avoided arbitration by signing a $1.05 million contract. There is also $150,000 in performance incentives. GM Dayton Moore was glad to have him back, as he is a leader and makes shortstop Alcides Escobar better. Getz is also looking forward to returning to Kansas City and getting back on the field healthy.
They also tendered starter Luke Hochevar. No word yet on the monetary figures. Right now, the Royals are shopping both Hochevar and lefty Bruce Chen.
They did not tender a contract to outfielder Derrick Robinson, who they designated for assignment last week. He has yet to make his big league debut, thus he is not eligible for arbitration. He is now a free agent and an intriguing pickup for all teams out there.
Left hander Ryan Verdugo and catcher Adam Moore cleared waivers and both were outrighted to Triple-A Omaha. Both are eligible for next Friday’s Rule V draft.
*Pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was elected to one of two of the highest positions within the Players Association. He and Curtis Granderson of the NY Yankees will serve as Association Player Representatives.
** Word is that the Royals offered pitcher Scott Feldman, formerly of the Texas Rangers, a one year, $4.5 million contract, but he chose more money with the Chicago Cubs. They also offered Ryan Dempster a two year deal worth $26 million, but dropped out of the bidding war.