Pair of pitchers reach one-year deals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals reached one-year deals with right-handers Brian Bannister and Kyle Davies on Saturday and decided against offering a contract to catcher John Buck, making him a free agent.
Right-hander Roman Colon also avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal with Kansas City.
Bannister, 28, went 7-12 with a 4.73 ERA in 26 starts last season. The son of former major league pitcher Floyd Bannister won 12 games in 2007. Davies, 26, was 8-9 with a 5.27 ERA in 22 starts this year.
Bannister will make $2.3 million next season and Davies' deal is worth $1.8 million. Colon gets $665,000 if he's on the major league roster and $240,000 in the minors.
Buck became expendable when Jason Kendall agreed to a $6 million, two-year contract with Kansas City on Friday. Buck has spent his entire career with the Royals, batting .235 with 70 homers and 259 RBIs over six seasons
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