Royals avoid arbitration with outfielder Justin Maxwell

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From the Royals’ official Twitter account …

No word yet on the financial terms but it will be a big raise either way for Maxwell, who made the MLB minimum in 2013. He asked for a salary of $1.7 million and was offered $1.075 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged last Friday. The two sides probably wound up meeting right in the middle.

Maxwell, 30, batted .252/.328/.436 with seven homers and six steals in 75 games last season between Houston and Kansas City. He’ll get semi-regular outfield starts this year, primarily against left-handers.

Rays pitcher Brent Honeywell leaves BP session with possible injury

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This is not good: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays pitcher Brent Honeywell cut short a bullpen session this morning and left the field with a trainer. Topkin says Honeywell was “clearly upset” as he made his way into the clubhouse and “cursed loudly a few times.”

Obviously you don’t want to assume the worst, but that’s often the behavior of a pitcher who experienced a serious injury. We will get updates later and will provide an update when we hear.

UPDATE:

Honeywell, probably the Rays’ top prospect, is slated to make his major league debut early this season, though possibly not for a few weeks into the season due to off days. Eventually, though, it is assumed he’d slot in someplace behind Chris Archer, Matt Andriese, Nathan Eovaldi, Jake Faria, and Blake Snell, either as a young-David Price-style swingman, a spot starter or a regular starter at some point.

Last year Honeywell posted a 3.49 ERA and 172/35 K/BB ratio in 136. innings in 26 starts between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.