Royals agree to terms with RHP Brandon Duckworth, infielder Jason Smith

December 13, 2007

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Right-hander Brandon Duckworth avoided salary arbitration and agree to a one-year $600,000 contract with the Kansas City Royals that includes $155,000 in performance incentives.

Utility infielder Jason Smith agreed to terms and passed up arbitration, the team said Thursday.

Catcher Paul Phillips, who appeared in eight games last season, was placed on waivers.

Duckworth started the year in the rotation but shifted to the bullpen and then went on the disabled list with a torn left oblique. He was 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 26 games.

Smith, who can play every infield position, joined the Royals last July after being claimed off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks. He appeared in 40 games and hit .188.

The moves left the Royals with eight players eligible for salary arbitration.

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