John Buck, Josh Anderson non-tendered; Royals sign Bannister, Colon, Davies for 2010
The Kansas City Royals announced that the club will not tender 2010 Major League contracts to catcher John Buck and outfielder Josh Anderson. In addition, the Royals also reached agreements with right-handed pitchers Brian Bannister, Roman Colon and Kyle Davies on Major League contracts for 2010, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Buck, 29, has spent his entire Major League career with the Royals after coming over in a trade from the Houston Astros in 2004. He batted .247 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 59 games as KC’s backup catcher in 2009.
The 27-year old Anderson was acquired by the Royals on July 30 from the Detroit Tigers. He hit .237 for KC with 12 stolen bases in part-time duty.
The 28-year old Bannister posted a 7-12 mark for Kansas City in 2009, his third season with the Royals, recording a 4.73 ERA in 26 starts. He has recorded a 30-38 mark with a 4.79 ERA in 93 career games, 91 of which are starts.
Colon, 30, was 2-3 with a 4.83 ERA in 43 relief appearances for the Royals last season. Acquired by Kansas City on July 13, 2007, he has an 8-10 career record with a 4.97 ERA over 116 appearances (8 starts) for the Braves, Tigers and Royals.
Davies, 26, compiled an 8-9 record and a 5.27 ERA in 22 starts for KC last season. Acquired at the trading deadline in 2007 from the Atlanta Braves, Davies takes a 34-44 record and a 5.54 career ERA into next season.
The moves to non-tender Buck and Anderson currently place the Royals Major League 40-man roster at 38.