Bannister, Royals settle arbitration case

Updated: February 4, 2009, 12:09 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Right-hander Brian Bannister and the Kansas City agreed Wednesday to a one-year contract worth $1,737,500 and avoided a salary arbitration hearing.

Bannister made was 9-16 with a 5.76 ERA in 32 starts for the Royals last season. He was third in 2007 AL Rookie of the Year voting after going 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA in 27 starts.

Bannister earned $421,000 last year and asked for $2,025,000 in arbitration when he exchanged proposed salaries with the Royals last month. The team offered $1.45 million.

In addition to his salary, Bannister could earn $12,500 if he pitches 200 innings and $25,000 if he is an All-Star.

Kansas City has two players remaining in arbitration: outfielder/infielder Mark Teahen and first baseman Mike Jacobs.

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