Royals sign Moustakas, avoid arbitration
The deal is slightly above the midpoint of salary figures filed by Moustakas and the Royals. Moustakas filed for $3.1 million and the club countered with $1.85 million. Moustakas can earn an additional $10,000 if he reaches 525 plate appearances, plus a $50,000 bonus if he is an All-Star.
Moustakas, 26, had a strong postseason for the American League-champion Royals after a bit of a down year. During the regular season, he hit .212 with 15 homers and 21 doubles. He was eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career.
The Royals have five remaining arbitration-eligible players: Lorenzo Cain, Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland and Eric Hosmer.