SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Royals began clearing out their remaining contract issues Friday afternoon by reaching one-year agreements with seven players. That leaves 17 players still unsigned on the clubs 40-man roster.
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
Fridays agreements: left-handed pitcher Everett Teaford ($507,250), outfielder Jarrod Dyson ($506,000), right-hander Nate Adcock ($500,540), utilityman Irving Falu ($492,025) and lefties Chris Dywer, Donnie Joseph and Justin Marks ($490,000 apiece).
Those salaries are what each player would make if he remains in the majors for the entire season. The major-league minimum salary for 2013 is $490,000. Players make substantially less if sent to the minors.
The seven players as well as the 17 still unsigned have little negotiating leverage because none yet qualify for arbitration. That effectively permits the club to determine the players salary on a unilateral basis.
The Royals, generally, pay the minimum to any player who has not logged any major-league service. Salaries above the minimum are typically based more on service time than performance.
Eleven pitchers remain unsigned: Francisley Bueno, Tim Collins, Aaron Crow, Louis Coleman, Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland, John Lamb, Luis Mendoza, Guillermo Moscoso and Will Smith.
Also unsigned: infielders Johnny Giavotella, Eric Hosmer, Elliot Johnson and Mike Moustakas; and outfielders Lorenzo Cain and David Lough.
Tejada ailing, absent
Former MVP Miguel Tejada, signed in the off-season to a minor-league deal, was an excused absentee from the first full-squad workout after he reported he was too sick to board a plane in the Dominican Republic.
He was at the airport (on Thursday) throwing up, Yost said. He said, `I cant get on the plane doing this. Hes played winter ball. Hes only had five or six days off. So we told him to go home and see if he can come Saturday.
The Royals also previously excused shortstop Alcides Escobar from the first workout. Plans called for him to clear up some visa issues concerning his wife in Venezuela and arrive late Friday.
Outfielders Endy Chavez and Luis Durango, who had not been in camp prior to Friday, were in uniform for the first workout. Both were signed in the off-season to minor-league contracts.
Yost said Tejadas preparation wont be affected by his absence.
Its not an issue, Yost said. Hes not going to be behind. I dont want him trying to get on a plane when he feels like that.
The Royals already have tentative starting pitchers for their three games next weekend against campus co-tenant Texas at Surprise Stadium.
Lefty Will Smith is slotted Friday for the Cactus League opener, followed Saturday by Guillermo Moscoso and Sunday by Luis Mendoza.
Other pitchers for those games will be announced later, but Yost says he doesnt plan to use any of the clubs top four starters James Shields, Jeremy Guthrie, Ervin Santana or Wade Davis in the first four games.
Nor will those four pitch in tentatively scheduled intrasquad games next Tuesday and Wednesday.
That familiar No. 5 on the practice fields is further confirmation that the Royals have shifted to official full-squad workouts.
Thats right, Hall of Famer George Brett is in town and serving, as usual, as an extra hand for the on-field staff.
Lefty Everett Teaford skipped his scheduled every-other-day throwing session after experiencing some shoulder soreness in his Wednesday workout.
Weve backed him off a little bit, Yost said. Nothing serious. Weve backed him out of throwing for two or three days. Spring training is so long this year, that you just dont want anyone to push through it.
If youve got a little something, lets back off for a couple of days.
Single-game tickets for the regular season go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday by phone, online, at Kauffman Stadium and at 26 Hy-Vee Stores in the Kansas City metro area.
Sales include a limited number of tickets for the home opener at 3:10 p.m. on April 8 against Minnesota. Online tickets are available at ; phone orders can be placed by calling 1-800-6ROYALS (1-800-676-9257).
The Kauffman Stadium Box Office will remain open until 5 p.m. Phone orders can be placed until 9 p.m.