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Heyman | Royals close to re-signing Mike Moustakas

Jon Heyman

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Sep 29, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third basemen Mike Moustakas (8) warms up prior to a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
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[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.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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