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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Mike Montgomery throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. 

The Royals and left-hander Mike Montgomery have agreed to a $3.1 million contract for next season to avoid salary arbitration. The club's once-heralded prospect returned to Kansas City last season as part of a trade with the Cubs. He went 2-7 with a 4.64 ERA down the stretch. The numbers were good enough for the Royals to believe Montgomery could be part of the rotation next season. Montgomery made $2.44 million last season. He is 23-34 with a 3.83 ERA in 180 career appearances.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals and left-hander Mike Montgomery, the club's once-heralded prospect, agreed to a $3.1 million contract for next season on Monday to avoid salary arbitration.

Montgomery was traded to the Rays as part of a blockbuster deal in 2012. He went on to pitch for the Mariners and Cubs before returning to Kansas City last season, when Chicago traded him for backup catcher Martin Maldonado just before the trading deadline.

He wound up making 13 starts for the Royals, going 2-7 with a 4.64 ERA. The numbers were good enough for the Royals to believe Montgomery could be part of the rotation next season.

Montgomery, who made $2.44 million last season, is 23-34 with a 3.83 ERA in 180 appearances.

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