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Kansas City Royals left-hander Aaron Laffey and Detroit Tigers second baseman Will Rhymes became free agents after their teams declined to offer 2012 contracts.
Clubs had until midnight EST on Monday to offer contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.
In the hours before the deadline, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract. Also getting one-year deals were Houston catcher Humberto Quintero ($1 million), Toronto right-hander Jesse Litsch ($975,000), Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan ($600,000), Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jerome Williams and Milwaukee Brewers catcher George Kottaras.
Failing to offer contracts is a way clubs can avoid going to salary arbitration with players who otherwise would be eligible.
Russell Martin was cut loose by the Los Angeles Dodgers at the deadline last year and wound up hitting 18 home runs as the New York Yankees' primary catcher.
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The Royals opted to risk arbitration with seven of eight eligible players Monday by tendering formal contract offers to all unsigned players except left-handed reliever Aaron Laffey before the 11 p.m. deadline. That decision means catcher Brayan Pena, infielder Chris Getz, outfielders Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier, and pitchers Luke Hochevar, Felipe Paulino and Jonathan Sanchez have...
Pitcher Aaron Laffey was the only player not offered a 2012 contract by the Royals on Monday night.
The Royals chose to risk arbitration with seven of eight eligible players Monday by tendering formal contract offers to all unsigned players except left-handed reliever Aaron Laffey before the 11 p.m. deadline.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Kansas City left-hander Aaron Laffey, Chicago Cubs catcher Koyie Hill and Washington left-hander Doug Slaten became free agents after their teams declined to offer 2012 contracts.
The Royals added four more players to the organization Tuesday, officially announcing minor-league deals for outfielder Greg Golson, right-handed pitcher Juan Gutierrez, left-hander Francisley Bueno and catcher Max Ramirez. The club previously announced the signing of seven players to minor-league contracts on Dec. 1, including utility infielder Tony Abreu and right-handed pitcher...
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