With the final day of spring training practices (before games begin) underway, the KC Royals announced that they have agreed to a five-year extension with World Series MVP Salvador Perez.
The five-year deal is actually six years, as it includes this season. The extension or re-working of his cheap, current contract had been talked about for weeks. Many felt that the All-Star catcher deserved a whole lot more money (Perez included) and he definitely will receive that.
The deal (according to Rustin Dodd) breaks down like this:
- $3 million in 2017
- $7.5 million in 2018
- $10 million in 2019
- $13 million in both 2020 and 2021
Perez will be a free agent at 31 years old. In total, he will make $52.5 million plus a $6 million signing bonus.
The only way this deal works is if manager Ned Yost STOPS running Sal into the ground. His offense has suffered, as has his defense.
This deal opens up the door for the Royals to lock up some of their other big name players, like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Lorenzo Cain, who will become free agents following the 2017 season.
Spring training games begin tomorrow, as the Royals face Texas (and again on Thursday when Jeremy Guthrie will pitch for the Rangers).
Here is who will start for the Royals in their first game:
Drew Butera (C), Eric Hosmer (1B), Christian Colon (2B), Raul Mondesi (SS), Mike Moustakas (3B), Alex Gordon (LF), Lorenzo Cain (CF), Jarrod Dyson (RF), and Brett Eibner (DH).