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.
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.
The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.
Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.
Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.
The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.