KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals signed two players to contracts on Monday, as the opening of training camp in Arizona continues to draw closer. Catcher, Brayan Pena avoided arbitration by signing a one year contract, as did second baseman Chris Getz.
Pena will get $835,000 this season after hitting .248 the 3 homers and 24 RBI last season in playing in 72 games. Getz will receive $967,000 and can earn a $17,000 bonus for playing in 110 games this year.
The Royals now have five remaining arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Luke Hochevar, Felipe Paulino and Jonathan Sanchez; and outfielders Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier. The 28-year-old Getz batted .255 (97-for-380) with six doubles, 26 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 118 games for the Royals in 2011. He was acquired by Kansas City in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on November 6, 2009. Born in Southfield, Mich., he now resides in Grosse Pointe, Mich.