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Report: Royals re-sign Mike Moustakas

Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas will be valuable free agents.

In what has to be considered a surprising move around the baseball world, the Kansas City Royals have reportedly re-signed All-Star third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year deal with a mutual option for a second season.

This report comes to us via Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, who has details regarding the contract numbers.

A total of $6.5 million guaranteed for one season is absolutely absurd. Moustakas, 29, put up a .272 average with 38 homers and 85 RBI last season.

Moustakas will receive a base salary of $5.5 million a potential of $2.2 million in performance bonuses. His option for the 2019 season is for $15 million with a $1 million buyout, per Passan.

This just goes to show us how horrible of a market free agents have found around the Major League Baseball world this winter.

It had been a foregone concussion that the cash-strapped Royals would lose┬áMoustakas to free agency. But once the market played out, the possibility of him returning to a city he’s called home for the past seven seasons increased.

That’s now all but official.