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AP source: Mike Moustakas, Royals agree to $6.5M, 1-year contract

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Mike Moustakas and Kansas City have agreed to a one-year contract that keeps him with the Royals and guarantees the third baseman $6.5 million. The deal could be worth up to $22.7 million over two seasons. Moustakas gets a $5.5 million salary this year and has the chance to earn $2.2 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. The deal includes a $15 million mutual option for 2019 with a $1 million buyout.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas knows clubhouse will change

Mike Moustakas knows the mix in the Kansas City Royals’ clubhouse will not look the same next spring. He’s eligible for free agency after this season, and so are teammates Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar. By next year, no telling who will still be on the club.

Royals’ Moustakas puts in extra work to beat the dreaded shift

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Everyone in the Royals dugout was hanging on the top step when Mike Moustakas stepped to the plate Friday night. He had already accomplished three legs of the cycle, only missing a home run. Yankees reliever Jose Ramirez delivered the pitch, one that the left-handed Moustakas could only try poking to right field. He nearly got enough of it anyway, the bouncing halfway up the outfield wall.

Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas guide Royals into ALCS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The expectations that accompanied Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer were largely unfair, and anybody in the Kansas City Royals’ front office would probably be willing to admit it. Moustakas was the second overall pick in the 2007 first-year player draft. Hosmer went third overall the following year. Together, the third baseman and first baseman were general manager Dayton Moore’s cornerstones in his plan to build a contender.