Royals, Teahen avoid arbitration

Updated: February 8, 2009, 2:38 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mark Teahen and the Kansas City Royals agreed on Sunday to a one-year contract worth $3,575,000 and avoided salary arbitration.

Teahen played in a career-best 149 games last season, hitting .255 with 31 doubles, 15 home runs and 59 RBIs. Teahen plays all three outfield positions, and first and third base.

The 27-year-old is a career .268 hitter with 47 home runs and 243 RBIs in 532 games.

Teahen earned $2,337,500 last year and asked for $3.85 million in arbitration when he exchanged proposed salaries with the Royals last month. The team offered $2.75 million.

Kansas City has one player remaining in arbitration: first baseman Mike Jacobs.


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