Royals avoid arbitration with Hayes

The KC Royals announced Friday that they have avoided arbitration with catcher Brett Hayes.

Brett Hayes during 2013 spring training (Jen Nevius).

Brett Hayes during 2013 spring training (Jen Nevius).

He was up twice with the Royals in 2013, after being claimed off waivers in November of 2012 from the Miami Marlins. In the big leagues, Hayes went 5-for-13 in five games. He did hit three doubles and a home run. With Triple-A Omaha, he hit .233 in 78 games. He was second in the Pacific Coast League with 17 home runs by a catcher.

Hayes will have some competition this spring, as the Royals have signed fellow catchers Francisco Pena and Ramon Hernandez. All three will be competing to be Salvador Perez‘ backup in 2014.

 

The Royals still have seven players that are arbitration-eligible: Tim Collins, Aaron Crow, Luke Hochevar, Greg Holland, Emilio Bonifacio, Justin Maxwell, and Eric Hosmer. The players have until Tuesday to formally file for arbitration and if they remain unsigned after January 17th, the two sides will exchange one-year salary proposals. The two sides can continue negotiating until a hearing is set for sometime in February.

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