The Royals announced contract details for seven players on Friday. All seven are players under team control and none are yet eligible for arbitration.
The seven players are:
- Outfielder Jarrod Dyson ($506,000)
- Infielder Irving Falu ($492,025)
- Left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford ($507,250)
- Left-handed pitcher Justin Marks ($490,000)
- Left-handed pitcher Chris Dwyer ($490,000)
- Left-handed pitcher Donnie Joseph ($490,000)
- Right-handed pitcher Nathan Adcock ($500,450)
With his report, Bob Dutton noted that these salaries would be what the players would earn if they spent a full year in the majors, otherwise, their salaries would be prorated based on days on the big league roster.
Odds are that Dyson is the only player who may be in position to do that as he’s pegged as the fourth outfielder (and part of the Jeff Francoeur backup plan). It’s possible that all of these players could see time in the big leagues in 2013, but it may take some injuries and solid performances from Dwyer and Marks to see them in Kansas City.
Teaford and Adcock will probably see some time in long relief or as spot starters as they’ve been used the last two seasons. Both know I-29 well after being shuttled back and forth over the course of last season. (It’s worth noting that Teaford was scratched from live batting practice throwing today with soreness in his left shoulder but should return next week. Something to keep an eye on though.) Joseph could have probably spent some time up in September of last season but was fighting control, but has a good chance of seeing time this year.
And as for Irving Falu, well, it’s probably not a good sign for him that the Royals went out and signed Miguel Tejada and gushed over his versatility, then took Elliot Johnson from the Rays and then heaped the same praise on him. Falu has options and probably starts the year in Triple A, but he makes for a handy utility player should someone get hurt.
All players have options remaining (other than Dyson, who could still be outrighted however) if they need to be sent to Omaha when camp starts to narrow down to a 25 man roster. Other deals should be announced in the next few days for other pre-arbitration players whose salaries for 2013 haven’t been agreed to.