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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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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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