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Royals won’t listen to offers for Salvador Perez

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Salvador Perez isn’t moving away from Kansas City anytime soon, according to Rustin Dodd of The Athletic (subscription required). Dodd explains that the Royals have a price set for the catcher that is “so exorbitant that no team would meet it,” though a specific number has yet to be divulged.

Perez wrapped his eighth season in the Royals’ organization this fall, during which he matched previous career-high totals of 27 home runs and 80 RBI while batting at a much lower clip than ever before (.235/.274/.439 across 544 PA). Despite seeing lackluster results over the first half of the season — which somehow didn’t prevent him from earning his sixth straight All-Star nod — and battling through a left knee sprain and ligament damage in his left thumb, there would appear to be no shortage of interested teams should the Royals ever reverse their decision and choose to cash in one of their hottest trade chips for a handful of prospects.

For the time being, however, the team won’t solicit trade offers on the 28-year-old slugger. Perez is slated to remain with Kansas City through the 2021 season and will collect another $36 million on his contract before entering free agency in 2022. While the door is temporarily closed on any potential deal for the World Series champ, Dodd adds that the Royals might still listen on second baseman Whit Merrifield, who raked in a league-leading 192 hits and 45 stolen bases during his third campaign with the team and will stay under club control through 2022.

Cardinals extend José Martínez through 2020

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First baseman/outfielder José Martínez agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Saturday, per a team announcement. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Martínez will receive $3.25 million in the deal plus incentives if he earns a more stable place within the starting lineup.

Martínez, 30, played 887 games in the minors before making his major-league debut with the Cardinals at the tail end of the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman has been nothing but productive in the three years since his debut, however, and turned in a career-best performance in 2018 after slashing .305/.364/.457 with 17 home runs, an .821 OPS, and 2.3 fWAR through 590 plate appearances. While he brings some positional flexibility to the table, he’ll be forced to compete against Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for a full-time gig in right field this year, as Paul Goldschmidt currently has a lock on first base.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the extension wasn’t solely precipitated by Martínez’s productivity in the majors, but by a competing offer from an unnamed Japanese team over the offseason. Goold adds that Martínez would have earned “significantly more than he would in the majors” had the club sold his rights. In the end, they ultimately elected to ink him to a more lucrative deal themselves. He’ll be eligible for arbitration in 2020.