Royals finalizing four-year deal with Hunter Dozier

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Kansas City Royals are finalizing a four-year contract with third baseman Hunter Dozier. The Royals will also have a club option for a fifth season.

The deal is worth $25 million, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The fifth-year option is worth $10 million.

Kansas City Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier hits the baseball in an undated photo.
Hunter Dozier hits the baseball in a game (Photo by Hunter Dozier/Instagram)

The deal is expected to be announced soon. He had three years remaining under the team’s control.

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With this new deal, it’ll buy out his first three years of arbitration. Also, it could buy out his first two years of free agency, as well.

He battled the coronavirus in 2020. This caused the 29-year-old to struggle this past season.

Dozier did have a breakthrough season in 2019 with the Royals. Kansas City is hoping that he’ll bounce back this upcoming season.

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He is expected to be the Royals starting third baseman in 2021. He has also played first base and right field.

In 2020, he appeared in 44 games. He had a .228 batting average with six home runs and 12 RBIs.

Last season, he appeared in 139 games. He had a .279 batting average with 26 home runs and 84 RBIs.

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The 2019 numbers were the best in his career. He also had 29 doubles and 10 triples.

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