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Topeka Capital-Journal Feb 11, 2015

Perez gearing up for another long run with Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, it’s hard for Salvador Perez to go unnoticed, especially if he has a camera or cellphone in hand. Just ask his buddy center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who Perez is back to trolling on Instagram. read more

Media reports: James Shields agrees to 4-year deal with Padres

Multiple media outlets including SB Nation and ESPN are reporting free-agent pitcher James Shields has reached a four-year deal with the San Diego Padres worth around $75 million. The deal includes a club option for a fifth year for the former Kansas City Royals ace, ESPN reported, citing a source. The deal would be the largest contract in Padres history, surpassing Jake Peavy’s three-year $52 million contract from 2007-08, according to ESPN Stats & Information. read more

Duffy, Royals agree to 1-year deal for $2,425,000

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pitcher Danny Duffy has agreed to a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals worth $2,425,000, avoiding a salary arbitration heading. The 26-year-old left-hander was 9-12 with a 2.53 ERA in 25 starts and six relief appearances last year for the American League champions and held opponents to a .209 average. Duffy can earn $25,000 in performance bonuses under Friday’s agreement: $10,000 for 20 starts and $15,000 more for 25. He would get a $50,000 bonus if he’s an All-Star. read more

Hochevar eager to return to action for Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Luke Hochevar didn’t really get to experience free agency this offseason. He also didn’t get to pitch in the World Series because he missed the whole year with Tommy John surgery. So one might think the Kansas City right-hander might have gotten a raw deal in 2014 when he was forced to watch from the sidelines. But the former No. 1 pick in the 2006 draft sees it a bit differently. read more

Mike Moustakas, Royals agree to $2.64 million deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Third baseman Mike Moustakas and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a $2.64 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Moustakas would earn a $10,000 bonus under Tuesday’s deal if he has 550 or more plate appearances. The 26-year-old hit .212 with 21 doubles and 54 RBIs last year, when he made $549,000. He had asked for $3.1 million in arbitration and had been offered $1.85 million. Five Royals remain in arbitration: pitchers Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland; first baseman Eric Hosmer; and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.

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