The Royals have announced via press release that they have avoided arbitration with catcher Brett Hayes by agreeing to a one-year deal. Hayes is a client of TWC Sports. Hayes, 30 next month, batted .278/.278/.611 with a homer in 18 plate appearances for the Royals in 2013. The longtime Marlin batted .233/.279/.480 in 298 plate appearances for the Royals' Triple-A club last season. Hayes has some pop in his bat, as evidenced by his career .154 isolated power mark (slugging percentage minus batting average). MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz had projected Hayes to earn $900K in 2014. He will compete with Francisco Pena and Ramon Hernandez in Spring Training to see who will serve as Salvador Perez's primary backup. The Royals now have seven remaining arbitration eligible players: Luke Hochevar, Greg Holland, Eric Hosmer, Emilio Bonifacio, Aaron Crow, Tim Collins and Justin Maxwell.