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Mike Moustakas to Cincinnati: 4 years, $64 million

Mike Moustakas and the Cincinnati Reds have reportedly agreed to terms on a 4 year, $64 million deal

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MLB Rumors: Mike Moustakas and the Cincinnati Reds are in agreement on a 4 year, $64 million deal, per reports. This was Moustakas’s third time in the free agent pool, and the third time was the charm for him, it appears.

Moustakas was the #2 overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft, being taken by the Kansas City Royals. Moustakas was with the Royals from 2011-17 as their third baseman, and had a couple of above-average years mixed in with some average to below average seasons. After rejecting the qualifying offer from Kansas City after the 2017 season, he found the free agent market to be cold, and ended up signing a one year deal with the Royals at $5.5 million. Kansas City traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers for Jorge Lopez and Brett Phillips in July, 2018, and he was part of that Brewer club that made it to the NLCS against the Dodgers in 2018.

Moustakas’s market was slow developing again after 2018, and he ended up signing in February, 2019, with the Brewers on what was essentially a one year deal for $10 million. Moustakas slashed .254/.329/.516 for the Brewers while splitting time between third base and second base, and made the All Star Team in 2019 for the third time in his career.

The Texas Rangers, of course, are in the market for a third baseman, though appeared to have Moustakas farther down on their list of preferred candidates, as they have been more prominently linked to Josh Donaldson. There were mixed feelings in our poll last month over whether the Rangers should sign Moustakas for 2 years, $32 million, which is what Kiley McDaniel projected for him. At 4/$64 million, I think most of us are fine with passing on him.