KANSAS CITY -- Seven Royals, including 13-game winner Zack Greinke and newly acquired slugger Mike Jacobs, filed for salary arbitration on Thursday.
Also filing were pitchers Brian Bannister, Joel Peralta and Jimmy Gobble, catcher John Buck, and outfielder Mark Teahen.
They were among 111 Major Leaguers who filed for the process. Only the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies had more players on the list -- eight -- than the Royals.
Greinke, returning to the rotation full-time in 2008, posted the lowest ERA (3.47) by a Royals pitcher with at least 162 innings since Kevin Appier's 3.40 mark in 1997.
Jacobs, obtained from the Marlins for pitcher Leo Nunez at the beginning of this offseason, banged 32 home runs and had 93 RBIs for Florida in 2008.
The clubs and players will exchange salary arbitration figures on Tuesday. Hearings will be held from Feb. 1-21. If a case goes to a hearing, the arbitrators must choose one of the figures, nothing in between. Typically, many cases are settled through negotiations before a hearing.
Previously, the Royals signed pitcher Kyle Davies and infielder Esteban German, avoiding arbitration.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.