The Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration with third baseman Alex Gordon and pitcher Robinson Tejeda on Tuesday, signing both players to one-year contracts.
The 25-year-old Gordon played in only 49 games last season because of a hip injury, batting .232 with six home runs and 22 RBI. The second overall pick in 2005, Gordon is a lifetime .250 hitter with 37 home runs and 141 RBI in 334 games for Kansas City.
Tejeda, 27, went 4-2 with a 3.54 earned run average in 35 games, including six starts, last year. The right-hander is 20-21 with a 4.53 ERA in 123 career games — 53 starts – for the Phillies, Rangers and Royals.