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Royals Avoid Arbitration Over Febles

February 11, 2002

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration with second baseman Carlos Febles, agreeing Monday to a $775,000, one-year contract.

Febles, 25, had a knee injury last season and played only 79 games, hitting .236 with eight home runs and 25 RBIs. Febles, who made $310,000 last year, had asked for $1.1 million in arbitration and had been offered $675,000.

Shortstop Neifi Perez is the only Royals player remaining in arbitration. He has asked for a raise from $3.55 million to $5 million. Kansas City has offered $4.1 million.

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