National reaction to report of Mike Moustakas' return to Royals

  • National reaction to report of Mike Moustakas' return to Royals

National reaction to report of Mike Moustakas' return to Royals

Moustakas can earn up to $22.5 million if his 2019 season option is picked up.

With the signing of Moustakas, the Royals now bring back two of their four free-agent core players who brought two American League pennants and a World Series title in 2015 to Kansas City.

While Moustakas' weakness is clear - never has he walked more than 43 times in a season, and his career on-base percentage is.305 - the notion of him not receiving a multiyear deal at the beginning of the offseason was nearly inconceivable.

Moustakas isn't a flawless player, but, per Lacques, some of the players set to make more than him in 2018 don't bring what he does on a daily basis.

The 29-year-old infielder turned down a $17.4 million, one-year qualifying offer from the Royals in November. It's been an eventful winter for the Royals, who lost Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain in free agency but were able to retain Moustakas and Alcides Escobar while also adding Lucas Duda and Jon Jay. Hosmer has since signed with the Padres, while Cain headed to the Milwaukee Brewers.

According to the report, the contract will guarantee Moustakas $6.5MM, with $15MM mutual option for next season.

He also appeared in 148 games just one season after a knee injury limited him to 27 contests. The Royals third baseman hit a career-high 38 home runs in 2017.