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Report: Reds ink Mike Moustakas to four-year, $64 million deal

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Jon Heyman reports that the Reds have agreed to a four-year contract with infielder Mike Moustakas. The total deal is for $64 million, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Moustakas, 31, spent last season with the Brewers, putting up a solid .254/.329/.516 slash line along with 30 doubles, 35 home runs, 87 RBI, and 80 runs scored across 584 plate appearances. He spent nearly 800 innings at third base as well as approximately 360 innings at second base.

Moustakas had to settle for one-year deals for each of the last two seasons despite ranking among the game’s better-hitting third basemen, peaking in ’17 with 38 homers and a 117 adjusted OPS. He was finally able to cash in on a long-term contract.

With Eugenio Suárez firmly entrenched at third base, Moustakas will handle second base. He should slot into the cleanup spot in the Reds’ lineup behind Suárez and ahead of Aristides Aquino.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.