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Three Royals exchange salary figures

Three Royals exchange salary figures

KANSAS CITY -- Three arbitration-eligible Royals agreed to contracts on Friday, but three others exchanged salary figures with the club.

Catcher John Buck and pitcher Jorge De La Rosa each accepted a one-year deal. First baseman Ross Gload agreed to a two-year contract with an option for the 2010 season. Terms were not disclosed.

"It just kind of came on in the last couple of days," Gload said of his multiyear deal. "It's more of an honor of the two-year commitment to me after working for 10 years in the Minors and not knowing if you'd have a job. It'll be nice to be here a little while and watch these kids grow up and get better."

The agreements enabled those three players to avoid a salary arbitration hearing.

Right fielder Mark Teahen had by far the widest gap among the three players who filed figures. Teahen and the Royals were $1 million apart. He asked for $2.9 million, and the club offered $1.9 million.

Pitcher Zack Greinke asked for $1.8 million and was offered $1.15 million.

Utilityman Esteban German asked for $1.2 million, and the Royals offered $837,500.

Arbitration hearings will be held from Feb. 1-21, at which time a panel will rule in the player's favor or the club's favor, choosing one figure or the other. Players and teams are free to continue negotiating and reach a contract agreement until a ruling is made.

Generally, the parties reach accord at a midpoint, which in Teahen's case would be $2.4 million. Greinke's midpoint figure is $1.475 million, and German's is $1,018,750.

Pitcher Jimmy Gobble agreed on Thursday to a one-year deal worth $1,312,500.

The Royals also announced they signed right-handed pitcher Brian Lawrence to a Minor League contract and invited him to Major League camp. Lawrence spent five years with the Padres as a starter and had a 49-61 record, including 12-12 in 2002. Last year, he was 1-2 in six games with the Mets.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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