The Royals are next in our arbitration eligibles series.
- First time: Mitch Maier, Chris Getz
- Second time: Luke Hochevar, Felipe Paulino, Brayan Pena
- Third time: Alex Gordon
- Fourth time: Melky Cabrera
I view Getz and Pena as non-tender candidates. However, with projected salaries of a million bucks or less, they may be retained. Maier is also in line for an affordable salary, at about $700K.
Paulino won't be going anywhere, as we have him down for about $1.6MM. Hochevar leads the club in innings, and should jump up to the $4MM range. Cabrera was a fine cheap free agent signing for GM Dayton Moore, who can retain the outfielder again for approximately $4MM.
We've got Gordon down for $4.3MM. Extension talks are on the offseason agenda, so the Royals could get him at a reduced salary for 2012 as part of a long-term deal.