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Royals Sign Dave McCarty

February 2, 2001

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Dave McCarty and the Kansas City Royals agreed Thursday to a $1.6 million, two-year contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for Feb. 9.

McCarty, who made $325,000 last season, gets $750,000 this year and $850,000 in 2002. He can earn additional money with performance bonuses.

He set career highs last season with 12 homers, 53 RBIs and a .278 average, playing mostly first base and the outfield. McCarty had asked for $1.1 million in arbitration and had been offered $725,000.

McCarty is the second Kansas City player to sign among the five who filed for arbitration last month. First baseman Mike Sweeney agreed Jan. 18 to a $13 million, two-year contract.

Catcher Gregg Zaun and pitchers Jeff Suppan and Brian Meadows are still in arbitration.

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