Courtesy of the Kansas City Royals Public Relations
The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms with 12 pre-arbitration eligible players. Among those include: pitchers Scott Barlow, Scott Blewett, Chris Ellis, Arnaldo Hernandez, Brad Keller, Kevin McCarthy, Sam McWilliams, Jake Newberry and Eric Skoglund, catcher Meibrys Viloria and infielders Hunter Dozier and Ryan O’Hearn.
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Eight of the 12 players signed have Major League service time. The exceptions are Blewett and Hernandez, who were added to the Major League Reserve List in November, and Ellis and McWilliams, who were acquired in the Rule 5 Draft in December.
Fifteen Royals remain unsigned for the 2019 season, including pitchers Heath Fillmyer, Conner Greene, Tim Hill, Jakob Junis, Ben Lively, Jorge López, Trevor Oaks, Glenn Sparkman and Josh Staumont, catcher Cam Gallagher, infielders Kelvin Gutierrez and Adalberto Mondesi and outfielders Jorge Bonifacio, Brian Goodwin and Brett Phillips.