It’s the MLB offseason and that means it’s Royals Rumors time! One of the first of the offseason focuses around a friendly face in Mike Moustakas. Could he re-sign with the Royals?
The first batch of Royals rumors comes from an article written by Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors speculating where free agents will sign. In Dierkes’ article, he predicts where he thinks the top 50 free agents will sign and for how much.
When it came to Mike Moustakas, Dierkes feels like he’ll return to Kansas City once again, predicting Moose will sign a two-year deal worth $16 million overall. This isn’t a bad idea and if Dierkes predicts it could happen, perhaps a reunion with Moose in the city that drafted him isn’t out of the question at all.
This time last year, not many people had Moustakas returning to Kansas City, but with how the free agent market played itself out, that’s just what happened. Moose was still without a team when spring training commenced and eventually took matters into his own hands and re-signed with the Royals on a one-year deal.
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After showing he was still a good offensive and defensive player throughout the 2018 season, Moustakas was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers at the trade deadline. Moose got to partake in the postseason for the first time in three years and even had a walk-off hit for the Brew Crew in Game 1 of the NLCS.
Even with Moose’s success in Milwaukee, however, Dierkes still thinks the third baseman will re-sign with the Kansas City Royals. Dierkes writes,
A multi-year contract is a possibility here, but it seems clear today’s GMs don’t value Moustakas’ high-power, low-OBP profile as a premium skill set.
This isn’t too farfetched if you’re the Royals. While the team is rebuilding and has options at third base in Cheslor Cuthbert and Hunter Dozier, neither of those options has blown anyone away. Dozier was a first round pick in 2013 and just got a heavy dose of major league action this past season, batting just .229.
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Bringing Moose back ensures stability at third base while Kelvin Gutierrez figures things out in the minor leagues. Even with Dozier, third base is probably one of the big question marks for the Royals moving forward because the 27 year old just hasn’t looked like a long-term solution so far.
Will the Royals rumors be true? Will Mike Moustakas re-sign with the Kansas City Royals for the 2019 and 2020 seasons? Only time will tell, but this is one deal that Royals fans might be okay with.