Second baseman Chris Getz became a free agent Monday when the Royals chose not to tender him a contract prior to the 11 p.m. deadline.
Everyone else, including eight other arbitration-eligible players, received an offer and are now considered signed players, although financial terms remain a point of negotiation.
The decision to jettison Getz was not a surprise. His future with the club became tenuous last year after he lost his job to utilityman Emilio Bonifacio, whom the Royals acquired Aug. 14 from Toronto.
Getz, 30, batted .220 last season with a .288 on-base percentage in 78 games. He had a .248 average in 322 games over four seasons after arriving from the Chicago White Sox in a Nov. 6, 2009, deal.
The move leaves the Royals with 39 players on their 40-man roster.
The club’s other arbitration-eligible players are Bonifacio, first baseman Eric Hosmer, outfielder Justin Maxwell, catcher Brett Hayes and pitchers Tim Collins, Aaron Crow, Luke Hochevar and Greg Holland.
The Royals provided Getz with numerous chances to establish himself as their regular second baseman, but he struggled to do so because of injuries and limited production.
By non-tendering Getz, the Royals severed the final link to the big three-team trade in 2004 that sent outfielder Carlos Beltran to Houston.
The Royals received three players in that deal: catcher John Buck from the Astros and third baseman Mark Teahen and pitcher Mike Wood from Oakland.
Wood departed in a waiver claim to Texas after the 2006 season. Buck was released after the 2009 season, shortly after the Royals sent Teahen to the White Sox for Getz and third baseman Josh Fields.
Fields was non-tendered after the 2010 season.
Oddly, the Royals are now trying to reacquire Beltran, a free agent, in an effort to boost their run production.Winter details
Third baseman Mike Moustakas and Bonifacio started their Caribbean winter seasons over the weekend.
Moustakas made his debut Sunday by going one for four with an RBI for Lara in an 11-4 loss to Aragua in Venezuela. Lara is managed by Royals hitting coach Pedro Grifol.
Bonifacio began playing Friday for Licey in the Dominican Republic and is three for 12 in three games with two runs, two RBIs, a double and a stolen base.Familiar face
Former Royals utilityman Willie Bloomquist, 36, is returning to Seattle after spending the last three seasons in Arizona.
Bloomquist agreed to a two-year deal with the Mariners believed to be valued between $5 million-6 million. He played for Seattle from 2002-08 before signing a two-year deal with the Royals as a free agent.
The Royals sent Bloomquist to Cincinnati in a Sept. 9, 2010 cash transaction after he batted .265 in 197 games in nearly two seasons. He became a free agent after the 2010 season and signed with Arizona.