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Royals sign Felipe Paulino, avoid arbitration

Felipe Paulino appeared in just seven games for the Royals last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Jamie Squire

The Kansas City Royals are bringing back a starter who showed significant improvement last season before undergoing season-ending surgery. The Royals and Felipe Paulino have agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million, which avoids arbitration.

The 29-year-old right handed pitcher set the world on fire at the beginning of the 2012 season, starting seven games with a 1.67 earned run average. Paulino's season ended after his June 6 start, and he had Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow just a month later.

The previous season, Paulino started 20 games for the Royals after being acquired from the Colorado Rockies, finishing the year with a 4.11 earned run average in 124½ innings pitched. He also struck out 119 batters while walking 48.

After signing Paulino to a one-year deal, the Royals have just two players eligible for arbitration, right handed pitcher Luke Hochevar and second baseman Chris Getz.