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Royals avoid arbitration with outfielder Justin Maxwell

Jan 21, 2014, 6:33 PM EDT

From the Royals’ official Twitter account …

No word yet on the financial terms but it will be a big raise either way for Maxwell, who made the MLB minimum in 2013. He asked for a salary of $1.7 million and was offered $1.075 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged last Friday. The two sides probably wound up meeting right in the middle.

Maxwell, 30, batted .252/.328/.436 with seven homers and six steals in 75 games last season between Houston and Kansas City. He’ll get semi-regular outfield starts this year, primarily against left-handers.

  1. Ayana Rashed - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Reblogged this on Imarashed.

  2. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    At the moment, Anthopoulos sounds as though he’s suffering from sticker shock. On Thursday, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi tweeted, “AA again says acquisition cost for FA pitchers and arms in trade too high at the moment.” That’s fairly typical GM posturing; Anthopoulos knows he needs to make a splash to reassure the Blue Jays’ fan base that the team still intends to contend in 2014.

  3. bfunk1978 - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Tell me again why the Royals felt the need to trade Wil Myers? They wound up 3rd in the Central and Shields – while pretty good – will be out of KC after this year. And they’ll have Justin Maxwell as a “regular” outfielder.

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