Kansas City, Mo. Left-handed pitcher Jimmy Gobble and the Kansas City Royals agreed Thursday to a $1,312,500, one-year contract, leaving the team with six players in salary arbitration. Gobble was 4-1 last year with a 3.02 earned-run average and 50 strikeouts. He is 22-21 with a 4.94 ERA in five seasons with the Royals.
Other Royals in salary arbitration are catcher John Buck, pitcher Jorge De La Rosa, second baseman Esteban German, first baseman Ross Gload, pitcher Zack Greinke and right fielder Mark Teahen.