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Salvador Perez | Catcher | #13

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / KC
Contract: view contract details
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Salvador Perez went 0-for-4 on Monday and is in a 2-for-18 slump that's dropped his average to .241.
Perez had a great first three weeks, but has been cold since. He'll probably rebound soon enough, but he needs to build his numbers up during the first half of the season, since he tends to get too worn out to contribute offensively down the stretch. May 3 - 12:07 AM

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Salvador Perez is not in the Royals' lineup Sunday.

He's just getting some rest. Drew Butera is catching in Perez's place.
Apr 24 - 11:28 AM

Salvador Perez hit his fourth home run of the season Saturday against the Orioles.

Perez finished 1-for-4 with the two-run blast in the second inning. He's now got four homers and 13 RBI through 17 games, following up nicely on his career-high 21 dingers a year ago. He's hitting .263/.295/.579 overall.
Apr 23 - 11:47 PM

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBI as the Royals held off the Tigers 8-6 on Tuesday.

Perez was Johnny on the spot, swatting a two-run double in the third inning before blasting a three-run homer in the fifth. It was the first five-RBI game of his career. The catcher is batting .256/.283/.512 with two homers and 10 RBI to date.
Apr 19 - 11:15 PM

Salvador Perez is not in the Royals starting lineup on Saturday.

It's a planned day off for the hard-hitting backstop who sees most of the action behind the plate for the Royals. Drew Butera is starting in his place and will bat ninth against opposing right-hander Sonny Gray.
Apr 16 - 1:28 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost is planning to give Salvador Perez the day off Saturday against the Athletics.

Perez has started all eight games behind the plate and is probably due for a rest. He's off to a slow start offensively with just six hits in his first 27 at-bats. Veteran Drew Butera is the Royals' backup catcher.
Apr 14 - 6:00 PM

Salvador Perez had a two-run homer and a sac fly to lead the Royals to a 4-2 win over the Astros on Wednesday.

Perez took Ken Giles deep in the eighth to break a 2-2 tie. It was his first homer of the year; he entered the night with just one RBI in seven games. Of course, he's yet to have a day off. He's one of three catchers (along with Yadier Molina and the oft-rained out Yan Gomes) to catch all of his team's games so far.
Apr 14 - 12:10 AM

Salvador Perez went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a Catcus League loss to the Rangers on Saturday.

Perez took Rangers starter A.J. Griffin deep for a solo shot, his second homer of spring. The good afternoon raised Perez's average over the Mendoza line this spring, but nobody's worried about the veteran catcher. He is expected to catch fewer games this year as the Royals attempt to keep him fresher, a move that could benefit all aspects of his game.
Mar 19 - 6:25 PM

Salvador Perez clubbed his first home run of the Cactus League season on Friday in a losing effort against the Rangers.

Perez victimized Derek Holland for the solo shot in the second inning, his lone hit in three at-bats on the day. Perez has struggled to get the bat going this spring, hitting just .167 to date but he remains one of the top offensive performers at the catcher position and should still be drafted with plenty of confidence.
Mar 18 - 11:26 PM

Serving as the DH, Salvador Perez was hitless in four at-bats Thursday against the White Sox.

Perez is now 1-for-17 (.059) so far this spring, so he's off to a bit of a slow start. The World Series MVP projects to be a top-10 fantasy catcher, but the Royals ride him very heavy and one has to wonder if it has taken its toll on him. While he slugged a career-high 21 homers last season, his 89 OPS+ was the lowest of his career.
Mar 10 - 6:19 PM

Royals signed C Salvador Perez to a five-year, $52.5 million contract extension.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reported news of the extension while MLB Network's Jon Heyman and Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star added details on the money involved. Perez will make $3 million in 2017, $7.5 million in 2018, $10 million in 2019, and $13 million in 2020 and 2021. He'll also receive a $6 million signing bonus. Perez has been worked heavily in recent years, so he could be a diminished player by the end of the deal, but the Royals made it a priority this winter to rework his original team-friendly extension.
Mar 1 - 12:25 PM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Royals and Salvador Perez have agreed to a contract extension through 2021.

The extension begins in 2017 and includes $36 million in new money. The Royals are expected to pick up the three club options on Perez's previous deal (which maxes out at $14.75 million) and add two additional years. There's no question that it was a bad deal, so this is a creative compromise with a team leader and fan favorite. Perez will now be under team control through his age-31 season.
Mar 1 - 11:39 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that a reworked extension between the Royals and Salvador Perez is expected to include six guaranteed years.

Perez is currently guaranteed $2 million in 2016, with three club options which max out at $14.75 million. It's unclear if the options are merely being picked up as part of the deal with more years tacked on or whether the old terms are being thrown out altogether. Perez turns 26 in May, so this proposed deal would take him into his 30s.
Mar 1 - 11:20 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that things appear to be moving in a "positive direction" in extension talks between the Royals and Salvador Perez.

There's been chatter about the two sides reworking the deal all winter and it appears something could get done by the start of the season. Perez signed his extension early on in his pro career, which now looks like the most team-friendly contract in the game. He's owed just $2 million in 2016, with club options in the next three years which max out at a total of $14.75 million.
Mar 1 - 8:38 AM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that the Royals and Salvador Perez continue to discuss a contract extension, but the sides are "not close at this point."

Perez is under team control very cheaply through 2019, but the Royals are looking to extend the deal further and also earn some goodwill by giving their All-Star catcher a raise. It doesn't sound like anything will get done soon, but there's still a good chance something gets worked out before the end of spring training.
Feb 22 - 4:14 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Terrance Gore
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Chris Young
5Kris Medlen
6Dillon Gee
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Danny Duffy
6Chien-Ming Wang
7Tim Collins
8Miguel Almonte