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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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Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make a splash in free agency and have their sights set on pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The Blue Jays have already conducted a sit-down meeting with Odorizzi’s agents.

Odorizzi, 29, is coming off come off arguably the best season of his career with the Minnesota Twins last season.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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