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CF Jarrod Dyson jumped on the back of trainer Nick Kenney, who carried him across the clubhouse Friday, the reporting date for pitchers and catchers. The playful and speedy Dyson is competing with Justin Maxwell and Carlos Peguero to be a reserve outfielder. All three are out of options.

RHP Greg Holland agreed to a $4.675 million contract, avoiding arbitration. Holland sought $5.2 million, while the club countered with $4.1 million when the two exchanged figures. This keeps general manager Dayton Moore's record intact of never having a player go to an arbitration hearing. Holland saved 47 games last year, while striking out 103 in 67 innings.

C Salvador Perez earned a Gold Glove and was an American League All-Star Game selection last year, but the competition for his backup will be intense in spring training. Brett Hayes is the favorite, but Francisco Pena, the son of former Royals manager Tony Pena, was picked up in the offseason. Adam Moore and Ramon Hernandez are the other viable candidates.

RHP Jeremy Guthrie spent his winter "vacation" touring China with major leaguers promoting the sport in that country and visited Spain with C Salvador Perez. Guthrie compiled his first winning record last year, going 15-12. It was also the first time he played on a club that had a winning record.

RHP James Shields, who is in the final year of his contract, reported Friday for the first time. "I think we're going to have a really good spring training," Shields said. "I'm real excited to be here and get going. Hopefully, we can continue doing what we did at the end of the year last year." Shields, who went 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA last year, finished strong, going 4-1 in September.

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