Royals Agree to Terms with Maier and Getz on One-Year Contracts
KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals announced Tuesday that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year Major League contract with infielder Chris Getz for the 2012 season, avoiding arbitration and a one-year Major League contract with outfielder Mitch Maier for the 2012 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 28-year-old batted .255 (97-for-380) with six doubles, 26 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 118 games for the Royals in 2011. He was acquired by Kansas City in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on November 6, 2009. Born in Southfield, Michigan, he now resides in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
Maier, 29, hit .232 with four doubles, three triples, seven RBI and 19 runs scored in 45 games last season as the Royals fourth outfielder. Selected by the Royals in the first round (30th overall) of the 2003 Draft, Maier is a career .253 hitter in 327 games. Beginning his 10th season in the organization, he is the longest-tenured Royals player on the club's 40-man roster. Maier and his wife, Karrie, have a daughter, Avalynne, and reside in South Lyon, Michigan.