Royals head to spring training with high expectations
FEB 18, 2:50p ET | AP
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.