Royals announce two-year deal with outfielder Lorenzo Cain

Lorenzo Cain was a big part of the Royals' World Series title in 2015.

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The Kansas City Royals avoided the potential issue of an arbitration hearing with outfielder Lorenzo Cain, agreeing with him on a two-year deal that was announced on Monday: 

Cain is coming off a spectacular 2015 campaign that in large part helped the Royals to their World Series championship. In 140 games, Cain hit .307/.361/.477 with 16 home runs, 72 RBI and a WAR of 7.2. 

His above-average defense and hitting also earned him his first All-Star appearance, and he was third in MVP voting in the American League. 

By all accounts, Cain’s new two-year pact was a bargain for the Royals – and would pave the way for a long-term extension, should one come to fruition.

The Royals are trying to put together a roster strong enough to avoid the dreaded post-World Series slump and extend their window of opportunity, and Cain will be a huge factor in determining whether they’re able to remain an elite club in the AL in 2016.