Royals Reach Two-Year Deal With Mike Moustakas, Avoid Arbitration

The Kansas City Royals have come to an agreement with third baseman Mike Moustakas, buying the last two years of arbitration out with a new deal.

Via Jon Heyman of MLB Network:

All $14.3 million of the contract is said to be guaranteed, with $5.6 million slated for 2016 and $8.7 million scheduled for 2017. The deal ends the need for future arbitration filings with Moustakas, and it also extends GM Dayton Moore's streak to ten years without an actual arbitration hearing.

The agreement does not add any extra years of team control to the contract, but the Royals can still negotiate a long-term deal over the term of the contract.

Moustakas joins center fielder Lorenzo Cain on the list of Royals stars who avoided a hearing and landed a raise, yet without an actual contract extension to keep them in tow past 2017.

The 27-year-old third baseman landed the first All-Star appearance of his five-year career in 2015, posting career bests in batting average (.284), home runs (22), RBI (82) and hits (156), among other metrics.

More on this story as it develops.

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