Royals agree with OF Soler on $7.3M million deal for 2020

Kansas City Royals designated hitter Jorge Soler hits a two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Royals and slugging outfielder Jorge Soler agreed to a $7.3 million contract for next season, allowing the sides to avoid salary arbitration Friday and keep things amicable between them as they explore a long-term deal.

The contract includes a $50,000 bonus for making the All-Star Game and a $100,000 bonus for winning the Hank Aaron Award, which is voted by fans and the media and given out to the best hitter in each league.

Soler hit .265 with a franchise-record 48 homers last season. He also drove in 117 runs.