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Royals add Elarton, Grudzielanek, Mientkiewicz, Bako

Updated: December 16, 2005, 5:01 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals agreed Friday to one-year contracts with second baseman Mark Grudzielanek and first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz.

Trying to rebound from a team-record 106-loss season, the Royals also agreed to an $8 million, two-year deal with pitcher Scott Elarton and finalized their agreement with backup catcher Paul Bako.

Mientkiewicz, a former Gold Glove first baseman best known for taking the ball from the final out of Boston's World Series win in 2004, ...

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