Royals come to terms with Lorenzo Cain on one-year deal for 2015
The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Lorenzo Cain for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Cain, 28, had an outstanding 2014 campaign, being named the Most Valuable Player in the American League Championship Series as well as the Les Milgram Player of the Year by the Kansas City Chapter of the BBWAA. During the regular season, he set career highs in batting average (.301), games played (133), runs (55), hits (142), doubles (29), triples (4), RBI (53) and stolen bases (28). The veteran outfielder performed even better in the postseason, batting .333 with five doubles, eight RBI and 13 runs scored, which included a four-hit game in Game 2 of the ALCS in Baltimore. Defensively, Cain earned a second-straight Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award, collecting a career-high eight outfield assists, while he was third among American League outfielders with a .949 zone rating.
The signing of Cain leaves the Royals with four unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland and first baseman Eric Hosmer.