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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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Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday that he's considering using Mike Moustakas some at first base this spring.
Moustakas has never played a position other than third base since entering the majors. The idea with potentially giving him some time at first base is it would offer an opportunity to get Cheslor Cuthbert more playing time. Realistically, while it's possible Moustakas might moonlight some at first, he doesn't figure to do it often enough to make a difference for fantasy purposes. Mar 11 - 12:14 PM

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Mike Moustakas did not receive any other offers throughout the offseason until the Royals welcomed him back.

That would seem to refute an earlier report that he had turned down a three-year, $45 million offer from the Angels earlier in the winter. Perhaps that was simply Scott Boras putting misinformation out there in order to drum up interest from other teams. At this point, Moustakas has to be regretting turning down the Royals' $17.4 million qualifying offer.
Mar 10 - 2:31 PM

Royals signed 3B Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $6.5 million contract.

Moustakas was officially re-introduced on Saturday after passing his physical. The contract includes a mutual $15 million option for 2019 (with a $1 million buyout) that could bring the total value of the deal to $22.7 million. Coming off of a season where he clubbed a franchise-record 38 homers, Moustakas is now the primary weapon in the middle of the Royals' lineup.
Mar 10 - 1:36 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports the Royals have reached a one-year, $6.5 million deal with 3B Mike Moustakas.

The deal is still pending a physical. Moustakas will earn a $5.5 million base salary with another $2.2 million available in performance bonuses. The contract also includes a mutual second-year option for $15 million or a $1 million buyout. If the option gets picked up, it would bring the deal's total value to $22.7 million. Moustakas probably regrets turning down Kansas City's qualifying offer, which would have paid him $17.4 million for 2018. It's been an eventful winter for the Royals, who lost Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain in free agency but were able to retain Moustakas and Alcides Escobar while also adding Lucas Duda and Jon Jay. The former second overall pick led the Royals with a career-best 38 homers last season.
Mar 8 - 9:53 PM's Jeffrey Flanagan reports the Royals are "working toward an agreement" with free agent Mike Moustakas.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that an offer has been made while Flanagan believes the Royals are looking to bring Moustakas back on a one-year deal. Nothing is official and Moustakas would still have to pass a physical but it certainly looks like the sides are moving toward a reunion. If a deal gets done, Moustakas will slide back in at third base with Cheslor Cuthbert returning to a utility role.
Mar 8 - 8:46 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Royals are "back talking" with free agent Mike Moustakas.

Moustakas has drawn interest from a number of clubs including the Angels and Yankees but has yet to cash in. Whoever signs him would have to part with a draft pick (except for the Royals, who extended him a qualifying offer prior to free agency), which could explain why his market has been slow to develop. The Royals have been aggressive since losing Eric Hosmer to the Padres, signing Lucas Duda and Jon Jay in the past week. Bringing back Moustakas, who set a club record with 38 long balls last year, makes plenty of sense for KC. The Royals' projected starter at third base is Cheslor Cuthbert.
Mar 8 - 8:17 PM

Mike Moustakas' agent Scott Boras suggested to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star that his client might not sign until after the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft.

That would no longer tie Moustakas to draft pick compensation and could finally spring open a fruitful market for the 29-year-old third baseman, especially if he is willing to accept offers that would only carry through to the end of the 2018 season. He can not have that draft pick compensation tied to him next winter, per the CBA rules. "Watch what happens," Boras said. "This player has no picks attached to him. It goes away, because they can only put it on him once. So now it's a totally different world for Moose." Boras and Moustakas were believed to be seeking upwards of five years and $75 million when this offseason began.
Mar 7 - 9:11 AM

Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times hears that there is "very little, if anything" to the White Sox' reported interest in Mike Moustakas and Carlos Gonzalez.'s Jon Morosi has reported on the team's interest in the two players, but it sounds like a situation where the White Sox are just doing their due diligence more than anything else. Moustakas in particular would probably have to lower his demands quite a bit before the Pale Hose would consider an offer.
Mar 4 - 2:20 PM's Jon Morosi said on MLB Network Thursday that the White Sox "could be a fit" for Mike Moustakas.

Morosi cautions that he's "not entirely sure how aggressively they are courting (Moustakas) right now" and also notes that general manager Rich Hahn told The Athletic this week that he's not really looking at any additions from outside the organization. However, Morosi was told by multiple executives that the White Sox "might be the most logical remaining fit" for Moustakas at this point. "Moose" hasn't been able to gain much traction in the market this offseason.
Feb 23 - 11:25 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves "have talked about" Mike Moustakas, but "so far there’s no common ground."

The Braves could use a third baseman but likely only would want Moustakas on a short-term deal and so far the free agent doesn't appear willing to accept those terms. The market for Moustakas has been eerily quiet to this point, so he might not have a choice but to lower his demands.
Feb 23 - 11:05 AM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Royals plan to stay pat and go into their rebuild and will not pursue any marquee free agents.

That announcement came on the heels of Eric Hosmer spurning their offer to sign with the Padres late Saturday. There has been speculation that Kansas City could still be open to a reunion with Mike Moustakas since his market has dried up, but this report casts doubt on that.
Feb 18 - 7:20 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees and free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas have had "occasional contact" in recent days.

Nothing has been ruled out, but a match is still considered a "long shot," as the Yankees are concerned about the luxury-tax threshold and losing a draft pick. Moving Jacoby Ellsbury would create some wiggle room, though there's nothing to indicate anything is close there. Any deal with Moustakas would have to be a short-term one, as the Yankees have Miguel Andujar in the pipeline and could also make a run at Manny Machado next offseason. Moustakas would be in a great situation if he lands in the Bronx, but he could still hold out for a longer deal. Of course, his market has been so quiet that it's unclear how much leverage he has here.
Feb 13 - 2:46 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees "like" Mike Moustakas and "did speak about him" last week.

However, Heyman throws cold water on the possibility of "Moose" winding up with the Yankees, noting that it's hard to see them fitting him onto their payroll while still leaving room for the addition of a pitcher and possible midseason trade. We can't rule anything out in this weird free agent market, though. Landing in the Bronx would be a best-case scenario for Moustakas' fantasy value.
Feb 5 - 4:54 PM

According to Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Cardinals are unlikely to sign Mike Moustakas unless his asking price drops significantly.

It's astounding that Moustakas still sits on the free agent market looking for a home on February 4, but welcome to the 2017-2018 offseason. The Cardinals seem content to roll with a combination of Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter at third base while Carpenter and Jose Martinez share the load at first base. There still seems to be no ideal landing spot for Moustakas as spring training approaches.
Feb 4 - 11:50 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Orioles have discussed Mike Moustakas internally.

The Orioles' top priority should be starting pitching, but the club is at least monitoring the market for Moustakas as they consider a future without Manny Machado at third base. The 29-year-old would provide some balance to a right-handed heavy lineup. It's a situation to watch if his market continues to drag.
Source: MASN Sports
Jan 15 - 10:13 AM

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