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.
Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.
The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.
Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.
Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.