The Royals have avoided arbitration with three players, according to Jon Heyman. The Royals came to terms with catcher Tony Cruz, outfielder Jarrod Dyson, and pitcher Louis Coleman. They previously came to terms with pitcher Tim Collins earlier this off-season.
Tony Cruz, acquired in a trade with the Cardinals last December, agreed to a one-year deal worth $975,000. The 29-year old hit .204/.235/.310 in 151 plate appearances for St. Louis last season. Cruz was in his second year of arbitration and earned $775,000 last season. MLB Trade Rumors projected him to receive $1 million. Cruz can still be released in spring training, with the Royals only obligated to pay 1/6 or 1/4 of his salary, depending on when he is let go.
Jarrod Dyson agrees to a one-year contract worth $1.725 million, up from his 2015 salary of $1.225 million. Dyson hit .250/.311/.380 in 225 plate appearances last year and has been worth 5.0 rWAR in the last two seasons combined. Dyson was also in his second year of arbitration and was projected to earn $1.7 million. The Royals have indicated the 31-year old Dyson may have a larger role in 2016.
Louis Coleman agrees to a one-year contact worth $725,000. Coleman spent most of last season in Omaha, making just four appearances for the Royals. In 177 Major League innings, he has a 3.20 career ERA. The 29-year old right-hander is out of options this season. In his first year of arbitration, he was projected to earn $1 million.
The Royals have four remaining arbitration cases - Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Danny Duffy, and Drew Butera. Their projected arbitration salaries are $6.1 million for Cain, $5.7 million for Moustakas, $4 million for Duffy, and $1.1 million for Butera. If the Royals are not able to settle with those players, the case goes to an arbiter some time in February. The Royals have never had an arbitration hearing with a player under Dayton Moore.
UPDATE: Drew Butera has come to terms.
Butera gets $1,162,500 plus $12,500 for 25 games played. #Royals— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) January 15, 2016
UPDATE: Danny Duffy has come to terms.
Duffy gets $4.225M. #royals— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) January 15, 2016