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Mike Moustakas Returning To Royals With One-Year Deal

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The Moose is returning to Kansas City.

After rejecting a $17.4 million qualifying offer in November to remain with the Royals, third baseman Mike Moustakas will in fact be returning, though at a much lower cost.

First reported by Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan on Thursday, Moustakas and the Royals had agreed on a one-year, $6.5 million guaranteed deal before it was finalized on Saturday after Moustakas passed a physical.

According to MLB.com’s Jeff Flanagan, Moustakas will make $5.5 million this season with an additional $2.2 million in performance bonuses. The 29-year-old’s deal also contains a $15 million mutual option for 2019, with a $1 million buyout.

A notoriously slow free-agent market saw Moustakas go unsigned all throughout the offseason, and he will be making less than the $9 million he made last season which saw him hit a Royals franchise record 38 homers.

“It feels great,” said Moustakas. “Being able to come back here and be with all these guys that I grew up playing this game with in this organization is unbelievable, and I’m just excited to be back.

“I got to see some familiar faces today, and that’s always great to come into a clubhouse and have everybody come up and give you hugs and see some guys and everybody asks how your family’s doing. It feels great to be back home.”

Moustakas is expected to be ready for Opening Day on March 29.

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Yankees Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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