On Monday, the KC Royals made their two year deal with centerfielder Lorenzo Cain official. The Royals bought out his final two years of arbitration, with LoCain making $6.5 million this season and $11 million next season. That’s a guaranteed $17.5 million over the final two years of his contract.
The soon-to-be 30 year old made just $2.725 million in 2015.
LoCain was reportedly asking for a six year deal, which would have put him at 36 when the contract concluded. We all know he has had leg issues over the last few seasons, which only figures to get worse as he ages.
So it looks like LoCain will be gone like everybody else following the 2017 season. Hopefully he can put together at least two more good seasons in Kansas City.
The Royals now have just one arbitration eligible player remaining: third baseman Mike Moustakas. The two sides appear to be way off in terms of money. Moose is asking for $7 million, while the Royals offered $4.2 million.
*In minor league news, Alex Liddi signed with the Baltimore Orioles. Liddi was the most consistent player with Double-A NW Arkansas in his first season in the Royals organization and is currently playing well in the Mexican Pacific League.