Royals agree to terms with seven players on 2011 contracts

The Royals have announced that the club has agreed to terms on 2011 Major League contracts with right-handed pitchers Henry Barrera, Kevin Pucetas and Kanekoa Texeira, left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford, catcher Lucas May, and infielders Mike Aviles and Alcides Escobar.  Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

 The 29-year-old Aviles hit .304 for the Royals in 2010 with 16 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 32 RBI and 63 runs scored.  The career .298 hitter in 248 Major League contests was the Royals’ seventh-round selection in the 2003 Draft.

 Escobar, 24, was acquired along with pitchers Jeremy Jeffress and Jake Odorizzi, and outfielder Lorenzo Cain in the six-player deal that sent pitcher Zack Greinke and infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to Milwaukee on December 19, 2010.  The shortstop batted .235 with 10 triples and 10 stolen bases in his first full season in the Major Leagues last year.

The 26-year-old May was acquired by the Royals from the Los Angeles Dodgers along with pitcher Elisaul Pimentel in exchange for outfielder Scott Podsednik on July 28, 2010.  The catcher picked up his first action in the Majors in September for Kansas City, hitting .189 in 12 games.

Texeira, 25, was 1-0 with a 4.64 ERA in 27 relief appearances for the Royals in 2010 after being claimed on Outright Waivers from the Seattle Mariners on June 3.  The 6-foot-2 native of Hawaii missed the final month of the season with a right elbow strain.

The 25-year-old Barrera returned in 2010 from Tommy John surgery pitching at both Wilmington (High A) and Northwest Arkansas (AA).  The Royals’ fifth-round pick in 2004 was 3-1 for the Naturals with a 1.80 ERA in 16 relief appearances, covering 25.0 innings.

Pucetas, 26, was acquired by the Royals from the San Francisco Giants on October 14, 2010 as the player to be named in the trade that sent outfielder Jose Guillen to the Giants on August 13, 2010.  The 6-foot-4 right-hander spent the entire 2010 campaign with Fresno (AAA) posting a 5-7 record with a 5.69 ERA in 26 starts.

The 26-year-old Teaford was the 2010 Northwest Arkansas Pitcher of the Year after compiling a 14-3 record with a 3.36 ERA in 27 appearances (12 starts).  The southpaw, who was added to the Royals’ 40-man roster this offseason, led the Texas League in victories.  Teaford wrapped up his strong 2010 by going 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in two starts for Team USA at the Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico.

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