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Mike Moustakas | Third Baseman | #8

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/11/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (2) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register confirms that the Angels have had discussions with free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.
The Angels have been speculated as a potential fit from the very beginning, so it's no surprise they have checked in. However, nothing appears to be imminent. Moustakas is looking to cash in this winter after slugging a career-high 38 homers with a .272/.314/.521 batting line in 2017. Dec 11 - 12:23 PM

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3B Mike Moustakas rejected the Royals' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Moustakas is set to strike it rich this offseason after slugging a career-high 38 home runs for the Royals this past season. He's a native of Southern California and the Angels have already been pegged as a likely pursuer of the third baseman this winter.
Nov 17 - 11:44 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was told by a source that the Angels are at the top of Mike Moustakas wish list.

The feeling might not be totally mutual and some other team could decide to offer Moustakas more money, but Yunel Escobar is no longer under contract and the Angels would likely want to upgrade the production at third base either way. Crasnick also mentions that the Angels could just go with Luis Valbuena at third base and look to upgrade at second base, but Valbuena struggled to a .199 batting average and .294 on-base percentage in 2017.
Nov 15 - 8:23 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Royals "are seriously weighing" re-signing Mike Moustakas.

Heyman writes that the Royals "now seem less inclined to do a rebuild" and will take their best shot at re-signing both Eric Hosmer and Moustakas, but they've "all but given up hope" of retaining Lorenzo Cain. The report adds that owner David Glass "seems to have come to the conclusion they team can remain competitive and doesn’t want to disappoint an enthusiastic fan base." Hosmer and Moustakas might be able to get $200+ million between them this offseason, so it's hard to imagine the Royals bringing back both of them. But, it does sound like they'll make an earnest effort. Hosmer has been seen as the free agent of theirs that they'd most like to retain, but he'll also cost the most.
Nov 12 - 12:17 PM

Gabriel Burns of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution believes that Mike Moustakas will not be a target of the Braves this free agency period.

Burns believes the Braves won't go for upper-tier free agents this winter, and as one of six players who received the qualifying offer, Moustakas fits into that upper-tier FA category. A long-term agreement with Moustakas would also block third base prospect Austin Riley, a player that Burns thinks could make his way to Atlanta as soon as next season.
Nov 8 - 11:10 PM

Mike Moustakas was named the Players Choice AL Comeback Player Of The Year on Wednesday.

Moustakas was nominated along with fellow teammate Jason Vargas and Rays first baseman Logan Morrison. The 29-year-old Moustakas hit a franchise-record 38 homers this season with Kansas City. He's a free agent who was recently offered the one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer but will likely sign a long-term deal elsewhere.
Nov 8 - 8:38 PM

Royals extended a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer to 3B Mike Moustakas.

Another easy decision. Moustakas slugged a franchise record 38 homers this season while putting up a .272/.314/.521 batting line. He turned 29 in September and figures to have plenty of suitors on the open market. Specifics of the system have changed this year, but the qualifying offer ensures that the Royals will receive draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.
Nov 6 - 1:51 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Angels "are seen as a likely pursuer" of Mike Moustakas this offseason.

Even after re-upping with Justin Upton, the Angels could use another bat and also a left-handed slugger to balance out their lineup. Moustakas, who batted .272/.314/.521 with 38 home runs this season for the Royals, grew up in southern California so playing in Anaheim would probably appeal to him. He turned just 29 in September and could approach a nine-figure contract this winter.
Nov 3 - 10:42 AM

Mike Moustakas slugged his 38th homer in Monday’s loss to the Yankees.

It was a solo shot off CC Sabathia in the seventh inning. Moustakas already broke Steve Balboni’s team record for homers, but now he’s tied with Bob Cerv of the Kansas City Athletics (1958) for the most by a Kansas City major league player. He’s setting himself for quite the nice payday this winter.
Sep 25 - 4:04 PM

Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 and set a new Royals record by hitting his 37th home run of the season in a 15-5 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

His sixth-inning blast off Carlos Ramirez broke the team record set by Steve Balboni way back in 1985. The most homers Moustakas had ever hit in a season before this year was 22 in 2015. The third baseman has a .275 batting average with 83 RBI and 73 runs in 564 plate appearances.
Sep 20 - 11:22 PM

Mike Moustakas (knee) is back in the Royals' starting lineup on Wednesday afternoon.

Moustakas was given the day off Tuesday as he plays through some lingering discomfort in his right knee. He will start at third base and bat sixth Wednesday versus White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito.
Sep 13 - 11:25 AM

Mike Moustakas (knee) is out of the Royals' lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

Moustakas aggravated his right knee injury last week and the Royals probably don't want to push things with a day game after a night game. Cheslor Cuthbert will fill in at third base.
Sep 12 - 10:46 AM

Mike Moustakas (knee) is not in the Royals' lineup Friday.

Moustakas re-injured his right knee on Wednesday. He started Thursday's game in the designated hitter spot, but he'll get some rest for this one and could sit out Saturday, as well. Ramon Torres is at the hot corner.
Sep 8 - 4:15 PM

Mike Moustakas started Thursday's game versus the Twins in the designated hitter spot after aggravating his right knee injury Wednesday.

Moustakas lobbied to play third base but was overruled, but the good news, of course, is that he was in the lineup at all. He could see additional starts in the DH spot as the Royals attempt to manage a knee injury that "Moose" first suffered two weeks ago. Ramon Torres started at third base Thursday and might continue to see action there with Cheslor Cuthbert dealing with gall bladder problems.
Sep 8 - 12:37 PM

Mike Moustakas made an early exit from Wednesday's win over the Tigers with right lateral knee irritation.

His right leg was heavily wrapped after the game, but Moustakas told reporters that he expects to play in Thursday night's pivotal series opener against the Twins. "We’re in the thick of this thing," said the third baseman. "Tomorrow I’ll look to be in the lineup again, and just go from there." Moustakas will likely see multiple starts at DH in the four-game set versus Minnesota.
Sep 7 - 9:05 AM

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