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Getz, Royals reach $1.05M deal, avoid arbitration

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)

Updates with additional moves.

The Royals and second baseman Chris Getz avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing a $1.05 million, one-year contract that includes up to $150,000 in performance bonuses.

Getz, who made $967,500 last season, batted .275 with 17 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 64 games last season. He was on the disabled list three times, including a stint for a fractured left thumb that ended his season on Aug. 17.

The Royals have tried numerous second base options the past couple seasons without settling on an everyday player. They were 30-25 when Getz was in the starting lineup.

The deal leaves right-hander Luke Hochevar, who made $3.51 million last year, as the club's only unsigned arbitration-eligible player. The deadline to offer contracts to unsigned players on 40-man rosters was later Friday.

The Royals also announced that left-hander Ryan Verdugo and catcher Adam Moore were assigned outright to Triple-A Omaha. They were designated for assignment on Nov. 20.

Outfielder Derrick Robinson cleared waivers and will not be tendered a contract, making him a free agent.

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