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Royals sign Mike Moustakas on a one-year deal


Update (9:59 PM ET): The deal is indeed for one year but includes a second-year mutual option, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. Moustakas will earn $6.5 million guaranteed and can earn up to a maximum of $22.7 million. Passan further elaborates that Moustakas will take home a $5.5 million salary this season and can earn an additional $2.2 million in performance incentives. The mutual option for 2019 is worth $15 million with a $1 million buyout.


Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported on Thursday evening that the Royals are working to bring back free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.’s Jeffrey Flanagan adds that the deal is likely to be one year.

Moustakas, 29, entered free agency as one of the top hitters available, but the market stagnated and now it appears he will have to settle for a one-year “pillow contract” and test his luck again next offseason. Last season, he hit .272/.314/.521 with 38 home runs and 85 RBI — both career-highs — in 598 plate appearances.

If the two sides to come to an agreement on a deal, Moustakas will once again own the everyday job at third base. Cheslor Cuthbert was in line to handle the position, so he would return to handling a utility role.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.