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Monday, January 19, 2009
Gobble agrees to $1.35M, 1-year deal with Royals

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Left-hander Jimmy Gobble agreed Monday to a $1.35 million, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, a slight raise from the $1,312,500 he earned last year.

Gobble was 0-2 with an 8.81 ERA and one save in 39 relief appearances for Kansas City last season. After giving up 10 runs in one inning against Detroit on July 21, he went on the disabled list until Sept. 2 because of a stiff lower back. When he returned, he didn't allow a run in his final eight appearances and seven innings.

He can earn an additional $50,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 55 and 70 games.

Kansas City has six players remaining in arbitration: right-handers Brian Bannister, Zack Greinke and Joel Peralta; outfielder Mark Teahen; catcher John Buck; and first baseman Mike Jacobs.

Players and clubs are set to exchange proposed arbitration figures on Tuesday. For players who don't settle, hearings will take place next month.