The Royals and Sal Perez agree to a five-year, $52.5 million extension

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The Royals and Sal Perez had been in talks over a new contract for some time and now those talks are over: he and his club have agreed to a five-year, $52.5 million extension, according to Jon Heyman.

Perez had been on an insanely team-friendly deal. In 2012 he signed a five-year, $7 million deal that included three club options which could, at the discretion of the Royals, keep their catcher locked up through 2019 with a maximum value of $26.5 million. This deal replaces that one.

It’s still a good deal for Kansas City. Perez, who was the 2015 World Series MVP, is considered the heart and soul of the Royals. He’s entering his sixth season and has a career line of .279/.306/.431, which amounts to an OPS+ of 100, or league average hitting. Which, for a catcher, and a durable one like Perez, is quite valuable. Compared to others, his $10 million a year or thereabouts still represents a good deal for the Royals.