By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Apparently, it’s not about money with Mike Moustakas. Or it might be that this was his only offer and he had to take it.
The free agent third baseman turned down a $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Kansas City Royals to sign with the team for less than half of the qualifying offer.
Moustakas has signed a one-year deal with the team that will guarantee him $6.5 million. He will be paid $5.5 million this season as a base salary with an option for the 2019 season with a $1 million buyout.
He thought he was going to cash in during free agency. However, he, like other free agents, had to take a step back this winter.
Moustakas, 29, made $8.7 million in his final year of arbitration last season, where he had a career season. He had a franchise-record 38 home runs with a career-high 85 RBIs and 75 runs scored.
He was previously a first-round draft pick by the Royals in the 2007 MLB Draft. Moustakas was one of three high-profile Royals free agents this off-season, including first baseman Eric Hosmer and center fielder Lorenzo Cain.
All three struggled to get deals for much of the offseason, as it was a frigid free-agent market for players. But Hosmer and Cain were able to get new deals with new teams.
Hosmer, 28, struck gold with an eight-year, $144 million deal with the San Diego Padres. Cain, 31, received a five-year, $80 million deal from the Milwaukee Brewers.
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