The Royals have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with infielder Wilson Betemit and catcher Brayan Pena, reports Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. Betemit will make $1MM next season, while Pena will earn $660K. The Royals avoid going to arbitration with both players.
Betemit signed a minor league deal with Kansas City last winter and ended up delivering a career-best season in 2010. He hit .297/.378/.511 in 315 plate appearances with the Royals and received regular playing time at third base following Alberto Callaspo's trade to the Angels. Betemit just turned 29 last month and is a nice bargain at that price for K.C. given his versatile infield glove and his switch-hitting bat.
Pena is expected to take on at least a platoon role behind the plate next season. He has a .703 OPS in 357 plate appearances over his two years in Kansas City.