The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on one-year contracts with right-handed pitcher Louis Coleman, catcher Tony Cruz and outfielder Jarrod Dyson for the 2016 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Coleman, 29, pitched in both Kansas City and Omaha (AAA) last season, making 38 appearances for the Storm Chasers, where he was 8-2 with a 1.69 ERA. He pitched in four games with Kansas City during September, tossing 3.0 scoreless innings.
Cruz, 29, was acquired by the Royals on December 2, after spending the 2015 season with the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit .204 last season with seven doubles, two homers and 11 RBI in 69 games.
Dyson, 31, played in 90 games with the Royals during the 2015 campaign, hitting .250 with eight doubles, six triples, two homers and 26 stolen bases in 29 attempts. He scored the go-ahead run in the 12th inning in Game #5 of the World Series as Kansas City clinched its first championship in 30 years.
The signings of Coleman, Cruz and Dyson leave the Royals with four unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitcher Danny Duffy, catcher Drew Butera, third baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.