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The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year Major League contract with second baseman Chris Getz for the 2013 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. The signing of Getz leaves right-handed pitcher Luke Hochevar as the club’s only unsigned arbitration-eligible player.
Getz, 29, batted .275 with 17 RBI and nine stolen bases in 64 games for Kansas City in 2012. He spent three stints on the disabled list due to various injuries, including a left thumb fracture which ended his season on August 17. The Royals were 30-25 in his 55 starts. Getz was acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on November 5, 2009.
The Royals announced on Monday that the club has agreed to terms one-year Major League contracts with infielder Chris Getz and catcher Brayan Pena, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed. The Royals now have five remaining arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Luke Hochevar, Felipe Paulino and Jonathan Sanchez; and outfielders Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier.
Getz, 28, batted .255 (97-for-380) with six doubles, 26 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 118 games for the Royals in 2011. He was acquired by Kansas City in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on November 6, 2009. Born in Southfield, Mich., he now resides in Grosse Pointe, Mich.
Pena, who just turned 30 on January 7, batted .248 (55-for-222) with 11 doubles, three home runs and 24 RBI in 72 games for the Royals in 2011. Pena set career highs in games played, at bats, hits, doubles and RBI. He was acquired by Kansas City in a waiver claim from the Atlanta Braves on May 30, 2008. Born in Havana, Cuba, he now resides in Miami, Fla.
Second baseman Chris Getz, catcher Lucas May and pitcher Kanekoa Texeira visited with 80 area children on Tuesday at the Royals Charities Kids Holiday Party. Children from Guadalupe Centers, Della Lamb, Operation Breakthrough and Spofford Home enjoyed dinner, made holiday crafts and visited with Sluggerrr. All of the kids received a special gift from Santa Claus plus a stocking full of goodies.
Getz, May and Texeira signed autographs and visited with their new fans. May even took the opportunity to sit and visit with Santa!
Chris Getz is still feeling the effects of a concussion he received last Sunday at Chicago. Yost said that while the infielder is making progress, he is not ready to take the field just yet. Getz has been undergoing a battery of tests, which include trials on cardio equipment. According to Yost, Getz was doing fine until his head became foggy once again after being tested on the elliptical.
Yost also discussed how he develops defensive strategies, specifically shifts. The manager said it’s all about doing homework and studying for hours in order to put players in the right position for certain hitters. He firmly believes a person can’t make these decisions based on gut feelings, so preparation is very important. Yost and his staff rely a great deal on the newest technology, which allows them to look at charts and videos of a plethora of players.
Aviles to see time at third
Mike Aviles took groundballs at third base in an early workout today. Ned Yost would like to give third baseman Wilson Betemit a day off here and there as Betemit has had hamstring and legs problems in the past. Yost said that Betemit does not have an injury now, but that this is a preventative measure. The use of Aviles at third base will also open up more time for Chris Getz at second base, who the club wants to get a longer look at. Aviles could play at third as early as tomorrow. He is doing well as he progresses in his recovery from “Tommy John” surgery.
Luke to the mound?
Luke Hochevar continues to throw on flat ground and has worked his way up to tosses of 75 feet. He could be throwing off the mound in the next 10 days.
A reporter asked about Zack Greinke and his struggles in his last start against Minnesota. Yost talked about his coaching experience in Atlanta with ace pitchers Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz. The three would have days where they would dominate, days where they would be ok and days where they would get hit hard. Yost said that no one is immune and there is no explanation for it. The best pitchers minimize the number of times that they are hit hard. He expects Zack to be fine.
Rust vs. Rest
Manager Yost doesn’t think that rust is a factor in KC’s slow start to the second half. He pointed out that every team has a layoff.
Not peeking at the standings
Yost is emphasizing a day-to-day approach and looking at what it takes to win each game. He doesn’t study the record or the standings. The focus is to move toward .500.
Getz in the lineup
Chris Getz will make a start at second today. He has also taken some ground balls at third base.
Media members were asking about Kyle Davies, who will make the start on Monday. Davies has had an up and down season. Yost acknowledges that Davies has had command issues but knows that his stuff has always been there.
Yesterday, pitcher Bruce Chen and infielder Chris Getz were guest instructors at The Baseball Ability Camp, a clinic sponsored by the National Sports Center for the Disabled and the Royals. The free camp allowed kids from 6 to 18 to experience baseball first hand. Bruce and Chris were a hit with the campers and the volunteers!
For more information on the National Sports Center for the Disabled and to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit http://www.nscd.org
When Royals manager Ned Yost met with the media this morning he was asked about today’s starting pitcher Zack Greinke in his follow-up to his AL Cy Young season. Yost feels that Greinke has pitched great this year, keeping his ball club in games. Yost said, “He just needs to keep doing what he has been doing.” Yost doesn’t believe his hitters are putting any extra pressure on themselves; stating they just need to improve offensively with Greinke on the mound.
Yost also commented on today’s starting second baseman Chris Getz. Yost believes that Getz gives the Royals the best infield defense combination, which is a key for him with Greinke on the mound. While Yost also sees the time off for infielder Mike Aviles as a good opportunity for him to step back and refocus on his defense.
Yost also was asked if he saw last night’s near perfect game by Detroit Tigers starter Armando Galarraga. Yost said he felt for the game’s first base umpire Jim Joyce, on what appears to be a blown call that cost Galarraga the perfect game in the ninth inning last night. Yost still thinks that Joyce is one of the top five best umpires in the game today, but also believes MLB should do anything within reason to get the call right.
Moving on up…
Royals Manager Ned Yost hasn’t been known for altering his lineup since becoming the Royals skipper. However, he wanted to give infielder Mike Aviles the night off and decided to move catcher Jason Kendall into the two hole; while tonight’s starting second baseman, Chris Getz, will hit ninth. Yost feels that Kendall is a perfect fit there with Aviles sitting. He said that Kendall’s situational hitting and patience make him a good hitter for the second spot in the lineup.
Live for the Moment…
Yost stressed the importance for his players to focus day-to-day; not allowing the highs and lows of a season to affect their mental approach. He said his players’ concentration should be on what needs to be done to win today’s ballgame and playing every game hard.
Sunny side up…
Yost was asked if his management style is to approach the game from a positive angle. Yost said that he always tries to find the best in any situation because he knows how difficult baseball is to play at the Major League level. He also said that in his experience, if you approach players with their successes it gives you a starting point for which to build off of instead of constantly harping on the negative.
A new issue of Royals Gameday Magazine is now available at Kauffman Stadium. The cover story features Billy Butler. Other articles and features include:
- In the Spotlight with Chris Getz
a list of area students who achieved perfect attendance this year
- Our Opponent Feature with Odessa, Mo. native Brad Ziegler
- a preview of Cincinnati as our upcoming Road City
- a comparison of scorecards with Ryan Lefebvre and Denny Matthews
- and much more!