Royals, Lorenzo Cain avoid arbitration with two-year deal

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms with outfielder Lorenzo Cain on a two-year deal, avoiding arbitration for both this year and the 2017 offseason. The deal is for a reported $17.5 million; Cot’s baseball contracts says Cain will make $6.5 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017.

Cain had his best MLB season in 2015, finishing third in American League Most Valuable Player voting and making the AL All-Star team. He posted regular season career highs in virtually every offensive category, posting a .307 batting average with 16 home runs, 72 runs batted in and 101 runs scored. He spent most of his time on defense in center field, and was sixth in MLB with 18 defensive runs saved.

He also started every postseason game for the Royals, and set a franchise record for playoff stolen bases with six. Cain had two of the more memorable highlights of the Royals’ World Series run; scoring the ALCS-winning run from first base on an Eric Hosmer single in Game 6, and he cleared the bases in the 12th inning of World Series Game 5 with a three-run double, giving the Royals a 7-2 lead they’d hold for the title.

Third baseman Mike Moustakas is now the only arbitration-eligible player the Royals have left to sign before Spring Training.

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