Mike Moustakas agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Kansas City Royals.
Moustakas can earn up to $22.5 million if his 2019 season option is picked up.
Entering free agency as one of the top left-handed sluggers available, Moustakas drew interest from a handful of teams — reportedly the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins — but wound up returning to the only team he has played for with a $6.5 million guarantee for 2018.
Moustakas could have received $17.4 million this season by signing a qualifying offer from the Royals in November at the outset of free agency.
Because he received the qualifying offer, any team signing Moustakas would’ve been forced to part with a high draft pick.
General manager Dayton Moore resisted signing players to mulit-year deals because the team is rebuilding.
The Royals were engaged in talks with first baseman Eric Hosmer, but could not match the $144 million deal he received in free agency from the San Diego Padres.
–Field Level Media