In case you Royals' fans were hiding under a rock,  first baseman Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration Wednesday by agreeing to a $13.9 million, two-year contract less than 24 hours before their hearing.  Hosmer gets $5.65 million this season and $8.25 million next season, and will be eligible for arbitration again in 2017. He is not eligible for free agency until 2018.  

In other related Royals' news, Kansas City manager Ned Yost vows Salvador Perez's workload will be reduced this season as pitchers and catchers reported Thursday to the spring training camp of the defending American League champions.