Returning to the Milwaukee Brewers always appeared like the fallback selection for Mike Moustakas, even obtaining to the point final week where Ken Rosenthal was declaring a reunion appeared to be “inevitable.”
Rosenthal has experienced his finger on the (the moment once more faint) pulse of the Moustakas absolutely free agent market place for a great deal of the winter season, so it helps make perception that he’s the just one to split the information — Moustakas is returning to the Brewers on a just one-calendar year offer. ESPN’s Jeff Passan has the contract facts, declaring the offer is value someplace close to $9 million.
Totally free-agent Mike Moustakas in arrangement with #Brewers on a just one-calendar year contract, pending a actual physical, sources inform The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 17, 2019
Totally free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas is headed back to the Milwaukee Brewers on a just one-calendar year offer in the $9M+ variety, a league source tells ESPN. @Ken_Rosenthal experienced the arrangement very first.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 17, 2019
Moustakas acquired $5.5 million final calendar year following declining the Royals’ qualifying give of $17.5 million when his hopes for a multi-calendar year offer at that level ended up dashed. That offer experienced a $15 million mutual selection for 2019 that Moustakas turned down in order to consider an additional crack at absolutely free company, possible figuring he’d hard cash in the moment Manny Machado signed and he was the subsequent-most effective selection.
(Ahead of far too lots of people today criticize Moustakas for not taking the $15 million selection with the Brewers, it’s critical to bear in mind it was highly unlikely the Brewers would have taken him back at that price and possible would have declined their 50 % of the mutual selection.)
Sad to say for Moustakas, Machado is even now unsigned, and with Spring Training report dates for situation gamers coming up subsequent week, it looks like Moose the moment once more just preferred to get into camp. He’ll return to a Brewers squad for whom .256/.326/.441 in 54 online games, together with 8 dwelling operates and 12 doubles.
He also strike properly in the NLDS, likely 4-for-11 with a double, 2 RBI and 2 walks in 3 online games from the Rockies ahead of remaining stifled by the Dodgers’ barrage of left-handed pitchers in the NLCS. Moustakas went 4-for-29 in those 7 online games, hanging out 12 periods.
The dilemma, of training course, now gets what the heck the Brewers do with Travis Shaw, who played better than expected in his limited time at next foundation final calendar year, but would even now possible experience inquiries about his protection there in excess of a total period. There’s also Keston Hiura, who everyone possible assumed would be with the major league staff by someday in May possibly. That appears to be unlikely to come about now, at least until eventually we see how the at-bats engage in out amongst Moustakas and Shaw. And with Moustakas including an additional left-handed bat (and $9 million to the payroll), what does that suggest for Eric Thames (and his $7 million income) and his odds of remaining on the Opening Day roster?
Individuals are all matters that might be sorted out in the coming months, but David Stearns has never ever been shy to increase talent and determine out where they are likely to engage in later on — just like we observed with the preliminary addition of Moustakas final July.
Heyman and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand equally say the offer will be for $10 million this calendar year and involve an additional mutual selection.
Supply confirms Moustakas offer with Brewers is $10M with a mutual selection for 2020. @JonHeyman was very first.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 17, 2019
No term however on how a great deal the mutual selection for subsequent period would be value.
Data courtesy of Baseball-Reference