[UPDATE]: As a result of his newly inked pact, Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will earn a $6.5 million salary in addition to another $2.2 million in incentives, which gets him to the $8.7 million that he made last year. Moustakas and the Royals have also agreed to a $15 million mutual option for the 2019 season.
Free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas is close to a return to the Kansas City Royals, with sources telling FanRag Sports that the two sides are working on a deal. Moustakas, who was selected by the Royals with the second overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft, has spent his entire seven-year major league career with the franchise.
Earning a spot in the All-Star Game for the second time in three seasons, Moustakas hit .272 with 38 home runs, 85 runs batted in and a .835 OPS in 148 games played in 2017. The home run and RBI numbers established new career highs for Moustakas, who hit 22 home runs and drove in 82 as a member of the Royals’ World Series-winning team in 2015. In the field Moustakas made 127 starts at third, committing 12 errors and posting a .962 fielding percentage.
For his efforts in 2017, Moustakas was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year after playing in just 27 games during the 2016 season due to a torn ACL in right knee.
Moustakas made his Royals debut during the 2011 season, appearing in 89 games for the team. Since then the third baseman played in at least 136 games in five of the following six seasons, with the injury-shortened 2016 campaign being the exception. A two-time All Star, Moustakas earned his first spot in the midsummer classic during the 2015 season in which he hit .282 with 22 home runs and 82 RBIs.
In potentially signing Moustakas, the Royals won’t have to give up a draft pick since he was their player. The Angels and Yankees were two other teams that had talks with Moustakas, with both ultimately going in other directions.