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Royals sign Grudzielanek for 2007 season08/16/2006 10:15 PM ET
Kansas City Royals Media Relations
KANSAS CITY, MO (AUG. 16, 2006) -- The Kansas City Royals have announced that Mark Grudzielanek has signed a one-year deal for the 2007 season along with a player option for 2008, Royals Senior Vice President-Baseball Operations/General Manager Dayton Moore announced today.
"Mark has been a vital part of this team," Moore said. "He has played a key role with his consistent offensive approach and has played Gold Glove caliber defense this year. We're pleased he has agreed to return for the 2007 season and potentially through the 2008 season."
Grudzielanek is looking to win his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award after committing just two errors in 509 chances at second base this season. He is having one of the finest defensive seasons ever by a second baseman after breaking the franchise record for consecutive games at second without an error (77), surpassing the old record set by Frank White (70) from Sept. 22, 1987 to June 20, 1988.
He also leads American League second basemen with 88 double plays turned. Grudzielanek still has a chance to match the Major League record for fewest errors by a second baseman (2). His defensive prowess has not been limited to this season, as he led N.L. second basemen in fielding percentage in 2005 and led all Major Leaguers with 108 double plays.
The 1996 All-Star has also been a key offensive contributor in his first season with the Royals, leading the team in hits (124) and runs scored (66), while ranking second on the team in doubles (29) and batting average (.288) in 104 games.
This marks Grudzielanek's first season in the American League after spending 11 seasons in the National League with Montreal (1995-98), Los Angeles (1998-2002), Chicago (2003-04) and St. Louis (2005).
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