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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Royals and second baseman Chris Getz avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing a $1.05 million, one-year contract that includes up to $150,000 in performance bonuses.
Getz, who made $967,500 last season, batted .275 with 17 RBIs in nine stolen bases in 64 games last season. He spent three stretches on the disabled list, including for a fractured left thumb that ended his season on Aug. 17.
The Royals have tried numerous second base options the past couple seasons without settling on an everyday player, though they were 30-25 when Getz was in the starting lineup.
The deal leaves right-hander Luke Hochevar, who made $3.51 million last year, as the club's only unsigned arbitration-eligible player. The deadline to offer contracts to unsigned players on 40-man rosters was later Friday.
KANSAS CITY, MO (November 30, 2012) — The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year Major League contract with second baseman Chris Getz for the 2013 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. The signing of Getz leaves right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar as the club’s only unsigned arbitration-eligible player.
Getz, 29, batted .275 with 17 RBI and nine stolen bases in 64 games for Kansas City in 2012. He spent three stints on the disabled list due to various injuries, including a left thumb fracture which ended his season on August 17. The Royals were 30-25 in his 55 starts. Getz was acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on November 5, 2009.