This morning the Royals and pitcher Brian Bannister came to terms on a 1 year, $1.7 million deal for the 2009 season. Bannister, who along with Mike Jacobs and Mark Teahen were the only players still in danger of going to arbitration, will get a reported $25,000 bonus if he pitches at least 200 innings this year.
Bannister is likely to be the Royals No. 3 or No. 4 starter in the rotation again this year.