Royals announce agreements with seven players for 2023 season

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Amir Garrett throws during the seventh inning of a baseball...
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Amir Garrett throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Tuesday, April 12, 2022, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)(Jeff Roberson | AP)
Published: Jan. 14, 2023 at 12:00 PM CST
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - The Kansas City Royals announced that the organization had come to an agreement with seven players for the 2023 season, avoiding arbitration with all but one arbitration-eligible player.

Among those who came to an agreement were right-handed pitchers Scott Barlow, Taylor Clarke, Brad Keller and Josh Staumont. Left-handed pitchers Kris Bubic and Amir Garrett also agreed to 2023 contracts.

Infielder Nicky Lopez, who batted .227 during the 2022 season, also agreed to terms on a deal for the upcoming season.

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The lone arbitration-eligible player who did not come to terms on an agreement with the organization was right-handed pitcher Brady Singer. He and the Royals will move toward a hearing next month that will determine his 2023 salary. reported that Singer filed for a $3.325 million salary in 2023, while the Royals reportedly countered with $2.95 million.

Friday was the day that arbitration-eligible players must exchange salary numbers with teams, unless they agree to terms on a deal. reported these salary terms for the seven agreements:

  • Bubic (first-year): $2.2 million
  • Clarke (first-year): $1.15 million
  • Staumont (first-year): $1.025 million
  • Lopez (second-year): $3.7 million
  • Barlow (second-year): $5.3 million
  • Garrett (second-year): $2.65 million
  • Keller (third-year): $5.775 million