Royals lock in 3B Mike Aviles

Updated: February 20, 2011, 2:00 PM ET
Associated Press

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Kansas City Royals have agreed to one-year deals with Mike Aviles and Alcides Escobar, the team's projected starters at third base and shortstop.

The team announced the deals Sunday without providing financial terms.

Aviles hit .304 last season, while Escobar, who was acquired in December from Milwaukee in the Zack Greinke trade, hit .235 last season as a rookie with the Brewers.

Right-handed pitchers Kanekoa Texeira, Kevin Pucetas and Henry Barrera, left-handed ...

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