02/17 21:10 CST AP source: Moustakas, Brewers nearing deal for $10M
AP source: Moustakas, Brewers nearing deal for $10M
By RONALD BLUM
AP Baseball Writer
Mike Moustakas and the Brewers are nearing a deal that would keep the third
baseman in Milwaukee for a guarantee of $10 million, a person familiar with the
negotiations told The Associated Press.
The person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because the agreement will be
subject to a successful physical. The sides were negotiating a deal that
includes a mutual option for 2020, the person said.
Talks toward a deal were first reported by The Athletic.
Moustakas' deal would be his second in a row for one guaranteed year on the
free-agent market. He rejected a $17.4 million qualifying offer from Kansas
City after the 2017 season and returned to the Royals in mid-March for a
one-year contract that included a guaranteed $6.5 million: a $5.5 million
salary and $1 million option buyout. Moustakas earned an additional $2.2
million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances, raising his total
earnings in the deal to $8.7 million.
Moustakas hit .256 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 54 games for Milwaukee,
which acquired him from the last-place Royals on July 27. A 30-year-old
left-handed hitter, Moustakas had a .251 average overall with 28 homers and 95
RBIs last year.
Part of the core that led the 2015 Royals to the team's first World Series
title in 30 years, Moustakas hit a franchise-record 38 home runs in 2017. After
re-signing last March, he hit 20 home runs in 98 games and then was dealt to
the Brewers for outfielder Brett Phillips and right-handed pitcher Jorge Lopez.
Moustakas hit .200 (8 for 40) with no homers and three RBIs in the Division
Series against Colorado and the League Championship Series against the Los
Angeles Dodgers, striking out against Clayton Kershaw for the final out of the
Brewers' year. After the season, he joined Milwaukee's Ryan Braun and Christian
Yelich, fellow Southern Californians, to sponsor relief efforts following
wildfires in the area.
"Obviously, he was a great addition to this team last year in the second half
after the deadline," Yelich said. "He's a great player, a great clubhouse guy,
and he definitely helped us on the field."
AP freelance writer Andrew Wagner in Phoenix contributed to this report.
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