Royals avoid arbitration with Lorenzo Cain

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Center fielder Lorenzo Cain and the Royals have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.725 million.

Cain requested $3.6 million and the Royals countered at $2 million following a season in which he hit .301 with five homers, 28 steals, and a .751 OPS in 133 games to establish himself as an impact player at age 28.

Cain was arbitration eligible for the first time and is under the Royals’ team control through 2017.