Royals, Mike Moustakas avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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Third baseman Mike Moustakas has avoided arbitration with the Royals by signing a one-year, $2.64 million contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Moustakas requested $3.1 million and the Royals countered at $1.85 million.

He finished the season on a high note with some postseason heroics, but Moustaksas had a rough year overall by hitting just .212 with 15 homers and a .632 OPS in 140 games.

The former top prospect and No. 2 overall pick is a lifetime .236 hitter through age 25 and his 20-homer power is often canceled out by terrible plate discipline, leading to a measly .668 career OPS. Kansas City is sticking with him, but this could be a make-or-break year for Moustakas.