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Royals, Bannister reach accord on contract

The Royals and Brian Bannister agreed to a one-year, $1,737,500 contract that avoided arbitration.

The dollar figure is an even split from the $2.025 million Bannister was asking for and the $1.45 million the Royals offered. Bannister’s contract also includes $25,000 bonuses for 200 innings pitched or making the All-Star team.

Bannister had a disappointing 2008 season, going 9-16 with a 5.76 ERA in 32 starts. That followed 2007, when he finished third in Rookie of the Year voting after going 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA.

He was 7-6 with a 4.47 ERA in his first 16 starts, and 2-10 with a 7.29 ERA in his last 16 starts.

The Royals have two remaining arbitration cases: Mike Jacobs and Mark Teahen. The club has settled every case it’s had in the three offseasons since Dayton Moore took over as general manager.

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