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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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Tigers to Sign Hector Sanchez

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The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms on a minor-league contract with catcher Hector Sanchez, according to Venezuelan journalist Ignacio Serrano.

The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training.

Sanchez, 29, was released by the San Francisco Giants shortly after the start of the 2018 season, and owns a career .238/.273/.367 batting line.

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Yankees to Sign Danny Farquhar

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The New York Yankees are signing right handed pitches Danny Farquhar to a minor-league deal, according to FanCred’s Jon Heyman.

According to MLB’com’s Mark Feinsand, the 31-year old Farquhar will receive an invitation to camp with the Yankees.

Farquhar spent the 2018 season with the Chicago White Sox, pitching to the tune of a 5.63 ERA of 8 innings pitched.

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Mariners Designate Kaleb Cowart for Assignment

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The Seattle Mariners have designated infielder Kaleb Coward for assignment, creating a needed roster space for the acquisition of Shed Long from the New York Yankees, the team officially announced.

Seattle claimed Cowart back in December, stating that he would come to camp not only as an infielder, but as a pitcher as well, and while he could still come to Mariners’ camp, he will need to clear waivers first.

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