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AP source: Moustakas, Royals agree to $6.5M, 1-year contract

RONALD BLUM (AP Baseball Writer)
The Associated Press

AP source: Moustakas, Royals agree to $6.5M, 1-year contract

Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Mike Moustakas and Kansas City have agreed to a one-year contract that keeps him with the Royals and guarantees the third baseman $6.5 million.

The deal could be worth up to $22.7 million over two seasons, the person said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was subject to a successful physical.

Moustakas gets a $5.5 million salary this year and has the chance to earn $2.2 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. The deal includes a $15 million mutual option for 2019 with a $1 million buyout.

Moustakas turned down a $17.4 million, one-year qualifying offer from the Royals in November. In a historically slow free-agent market, he found the interest of many teams dimmed because a deal with him would require compensation such as a loss of draft picks and/or international signing bonus allotment.

His agreement was first reported by Yahoo.

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