Royals' rotation stepping things up as spring season draws to a close
MAR 29, 8:18p ET | Matthew DeFranks
Rotowire: Mar 15 / 9:28a ET
News: Cain will likely begin the season as the Royals' No. 3 hitter, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: Cain batted all over the lineup last season after beginning the year as the No. 8 hitter. He spent some time as the leadoff man and also hit second, third, sixth and seventh at various times throughout the season. At this point, the Royals' order is not set in stone, but it appears Cain is close to being locked into the three spot.
Rotowire: Feb 3 / 12:26p ET
News: Cain agreed to a one-year, $2.725 million contract with the Royals on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Impact: The 28-year-old improved his average by an even 50 points and his OBP by 29 points last season, while also playing his usual outstanding defense in center field for the AL Champion Royals. His numbers were buoyed by an anomalous .380 BABIP, and his strikeout and walk rates both went in the wrong direction, but Cain should continue to make for a valuable source of stolen bases and average in his sixth major league season.
StatsLLC: Feb 3 / 12:00a ET
News: Cain and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year contract for $2,725,000, just ahead of what would have been Major League Baseball's first salary arbitration hearing this year.
Impact: Cain, 28, hit a team-best .301 with five homers, 53 RBIs and 28 steals in 33 chances last season, when he made $546,000. He was MVP of the Royals' sweep of Baltimore in the AL Championship Series after batting .533 (8 for 15) with a pair of doubles. He hit .308 in the World Series loss to San Francisco.