Mike Moustakas agrees to deal to return to Royals

Mike Moustakas agrees to deal to return to Royals

Mike Moustakas agrees to deal to return to Royals

According to Major League Baseball reporter Jeffrey Flanagan, Mike Moustakas has agreed to a one-year deal with a mutual second-year option with the Royals.

General manager Dayton Moore resisted signing players to mulit-year deals because the team is rebuilding. It also includes a mutual $15 million option for 2019 with a $1 million buyout. It also includes incentives.

Mike Moustakas remains a Kansas City Royal, at least through the 2018 season. MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan adds that the deal is likely to be one year.

Moustaksas, along with fellow free agent high-flyers such as Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and others, haven't seen their markets develop since turning down $17.4 million qualifying offers from their previous teams. Per Passan, Moustakas' pact will guarantee him $6.5 million but has the potential to reach $22.7 million.

Mike Moustakas is staying with the Kansas City Royals in a surprising turn dictated by a historically slow free-agent market.

The left-handed-hitting third baseman has a.251 average with 119 home runs and 379 RBIs in 836 games over his six-year career. The 29-year-old third baseman has been with the Royals for seven seasons, including their 2015 World Series title.

The Royals were engaged in talks with first baseman Eric Hosmer, but could not match the $144 million deal he received in free agency from the San Diego Padres.

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