According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas told him that his representatives and the Royals have discussed a two-year deal which would buy out his remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Moustakas earned $2.64 million last season in his first year of eligibility. He filed for $7 million while the Royals countered at $4.2 million.
During the 2015 campaign, the 27-year-old hit .284/.348/.470 with 22 home runs and 82 RBI across 614 plate appearances. Considering Moustakas had posted an OPS only as high as .708, 2015 was a breakout year for the Royals’ first round pick (second overall) in the 2007 draft.