Cain, Moose among arb-eligible Royals

Cain, Moose among arb-eligible Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Tuesday was the deadline for all arbitration-eligible players to file -- it is just a formality -- and the Royals have seven players in that category, including All-Stars Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas.

Closer Greg Holland also was eligible, but he was non-tendered by the Royals earlier in the offseason. Left-hander Tim Collins was eligible as well, but he signed a one-year deal for $1.475 million. Collins spent 2015 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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The more significant deadline is Friday, when the players and clubs must exchange salary figures.

Hearing dates for arbitration cases will be Feb. 1-21, though all arbitration-eligible Royals have settled prior to their hearing dates since general manager Dayton Moore took over in 2006.

Here are the arbitration-eligible players and their salaries from 2015:

• Cain, second year of arbitration: Made $2.725M last season, avoiding arbitration. Slashed .307/.361/.477 with 34 doubles, 16 homers, 72 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.

• Moustakas, second year of arbitration: Made $2.64M last season, avoiding arbitration. Slashed .284/.348/.470 with 34 doubles, 22 homers and 82 RBIs.

• Left-hander Danny Duffy, second year of arbitration: Made $2.425M last season, avoiding arbitration. In 30 games was 7-8 with a 4.08 ERA.

• Outfielder Jarrod Dyson, second year of arbitration: Made $1.225M last season, avoiding arbitration. Slashed .250/.311/.380 with two homers, 18 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.

• Catcher Drew Butera, fourth year of arbitration: Made $987,500 last season, avoiding arbitration. Slashed .196/.252/.252 with one homer and five RBIs.

• Catcher Tony Cruz, second year of arbitration: Made $775,000 last season, avoiding arbitration. Slashed .204/.235/.310 with two homers and 11 RBIs.

• Right-hander Louis Coleman, second year of arbitration: Made $725,000 last season, avoiding arbitration. In four games, he was 1-0 with 0.00 ERA.

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.