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Moose Back with Royals

After Major League Baseball's unexpectedly long period of inactivity, third baseman Mike Moustakas is returning to Kansas City.

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Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images.

Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images.

Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images.

Lucas Cook, Junior Sports Writer

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The offseason had been uneventful for Major League Baseball, but it finally seems some of those mid- to high-name free agents are finally beginning to sign now that teams are entering spring training. One of those free agents was Kansas City Royals’ third baseman, Mike Moustakas, who was pivotal in the Royals’ World Series runs a few years ago. He had set the Royals’ home run record at 38 in 2017, with 85 RBIs and a .272 average in 555 at-bats, according to ESPN.com.

Despite searching for a large deal in the offseason, Moustakas was never given a deal he wanted. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Twitter that, contrary to a few reports, Moustakas had not received a 3-year, $45 million deal from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He had originally denied a $17.4 million offer from the Kansas City Royals at the beginning of free agency, but now, at the beginning of spring training, he has backtracked and signed a deal with the Royals that pays him $6.5 million over one year, with a club mutual option for 2019 and a $2.2 million incentives bonus.

Moustakas returned to the Royals on March 10th.

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