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Kansas City Royals avoid arbitration with closer Kelvin Herrera

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The Sports Xchange
Kansas City Royals' Kelvin Herrera signs autographs before game 2 of the World Series against the New York Mets at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on October 28, 2015. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Kansas City Royals' Kelvin Herrera signs autographs before game 2 of the World Series against the New York Mets at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on October 28, 2015. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

The Kansas City avoided salary arbitration with new closer Kelvin Herrera when the two sides settled on a one-year, $5.325 million deal on Friday.

Herrera requested $5.6 million and the Royals offered $5.05 million.

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The two-time All-Star will also receive a $50,000 bonus if he makes the All-Star team again in 2017.

Herrera expressed his gratitude on his personal Twitter account.

"The team and I have agreed to a settlement at the mid-point today," Herrera tweeted. "Even though the team had a 'File & Trial' policy and both sides were ready to go to a hearing, we have realized this is a time for us to be united as a family and put our differences aside.

"Thank you Royals fans for your support."

The file and trial comment is a reference to how some major league clubs -- including the Royals -- typically won't negotiate one-year deals once the club and player have exchanged arbitration figures.

Herrera, 27, is the new closer after standout Wade Davis was traded to the Chicago Cubs in the offseason.

Herrera went 2-6 with 2-6 with a 2.75 ERA and 12 saves last season. In five-plus seasons with the Royals, the right-hander is 19-23 with a 2.63 ERA.

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