Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals have signed shortstop Angel Berroa to a four-year contract with a club option for the 2009 season.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the option season comes in the first year Berroa would be eligible for free agency.
Berroa was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2003, when he hit .287 with 17 home runs and 73 runs batted in for the Royals. He also led AL rookies in runs scored with 92.
"Angel was a key component to our success last season," said Royals general manager Allard Baird. "It was important for us to sign him to a long-term deal as we continue to develop this ballclub."
The Royals were in the race for the AL Central title until late September last year, but have struggled early in the 2004 season. Kansas City entered Friday's play with the worst record in the American League at 8-18.
Berroa has played in just 14 games this season, heading into Friday's contest against Boston, and is batting only .214 with one home run and four runs batted in.
He was on the 15-day disabled list for the second half of April because of migraine headaches.