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Royals sign Salvador Perez to long-term contract

Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:13 pm

By Matt Snyder

Royals general manager Dayton Moore has taken a page out of the Andrew Friedman playbook. Monday evening, the Royals announced that they have agreed to a five-year contract, that also has three club options, with young catcher Salvador Perez. That means that the Royals effectively have control over keeping Perez through the 2019 season.

Perez, 21, hit .331/.361/.473 with three homers, 21 RBI and 20 runs in his 39 games for the Royals last season. He began the season as a highly-touted prospect in Double-A, where he spent 79 games. He played in just 12 Triple-A games before getting his call to the bigs, where he spent the last six weeks of the season.

Like Friedman's masterpiece deals with Evan Longoria and Matt Moore in Tampa Bay, the risk for the Royals is minimal. If Perez hits all his incentives and the Royals pick up every option, Perez will make just $26.75 million, reports Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. And if the Royals do pick up all three club options, one would expect Perez is playing at a level higher than just over $3 million per season.

Obviously, we can't paint Perez as the victim, either. This is a mutually beneficial deal. What if Perez flames out and never meets his potential? What if a series of injuries ends his career? Wel, the base of the contract is $7 million (per Dutton), money Perez would never sniff if not signing this deal.

Perez is part of an excellent young core of players the Royals hope will get them in pennant contention for the next several seasons. Along with Perez, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas and Johnny Giavotella lead the movement for position players, complementing still-young veterans like Alex Gordon and Billy Butler.

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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:46 pm

Royals sign Salvador Perez to long-term contract

Butler is overrated he's the fattest non homer hiting player ever...outside of maybe Bob Hamelin...the Cards showed us last year...pitching still wins championships...that and one hall of famer that can take over a series ala a Mike Schmidt or a George Brett...we have the potential HOF in lets take this young "core talent" and get that much needed started pitching lets get that ace and that that #2 because that is what wil make us legitimate again....DM once said that Pitching is the Currency of Baseball and frankly we're on pitching welfare with what we got...we're can't afford the grocery bils because we aint go any...duffy flame out montgomery couldn't even win a spot last year did horrible in the minors...we don't have the pitching to compete...its a shame really because we have the hitters and the D...lets trade some of this hitting for some pitching 

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:32 pm

Royals sign Salvador Perez to long-term contract

I like Danny Duffy and Mike Montgomery.  Couple of top end rotation guys.  Could be dangerous this year and over the next few at least.  

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:37 pm

Royals sign Salvador Perez to long-term contract

If they come up with some good pitching along the way.....

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