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Royals Sign Randa To Extension

June 2, 2000

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Kansas City Royals took a step toward solidifying their core of young position players, agreeing Friday to a one-year contract extension with Joe Randa.

Randa, 30, is making $1 million in the final year of a two-year deal signed in 1998. He would have been eligible for salary arbitration at the end of the season.

``He’s done an outstanding job for us and is an important part of our future,″ Royals general manager Herk Robinson said.

Randa, a career .293 hitter, was batting .326 with seven home runs and 34 RBIs going into Friday night’s game against the Pirates. He hit .314 last season with 16 home runs and 84 RBIs.

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