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By Ross Sutton
Last night and this morning, news came out that Mike Moustakas and Carlos Gonzalez both agreed to one-year contracts with their former teams, the Royals and Rockies. The terms of Gonzalez’s deal haven’t come out yet, but the deal Moustakas signed is reportedly for $6.5M for this year as well as a mutual option for next year worth $15M. If you had told me that Moustakas would sign a deal for $6.5M in the beginning of the offseason, I would have said you were crazy, but it has been an extremely surprising free agent market this year. Since Moustakas was offered and then declined a $17.4M qualifying offer from the Royals, any team other than the Royals that signed him would have had to forfeit a couple of draft picks, which significantly hurt Moustakas’ market this offseason. It is a shame that Moustakas was offered $17.4M earlier in the offseason and now had to accept a $6.5M deal with the same team, but now Moustakas has the chance to test the free agent market again next year, with no draft picks being attached to signing him.
For Carlos Gonzalez, his market was not as surprising as many questioned his extreme home vs. roads splits when it comes to his offensive production, but I think most thought he would have signed before March 9th. The injury a few weeks ago to Gerardo Parra probably made the Rockies more inclined to re-sign Gonzalez, but this seemed to be a pretty good fit as the Rockies lineup needed another outfielder with some power. The financial figures of this one-year deal has not been reported as of right now, but I would assume CarGo will get paid an amount pretty similar to Moustakas. Now that these two hitters have both signed, the biggest names on the free agent market are all pitchers, as Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn, and Alex Cobb are still available.
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