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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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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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