The Kansas City Royals have had a busy offseason with pickups and moves to try and be back to a competitive state in the AL Central have made another big money move, coming to terms with third baseman Hunter Dozier.
The deal is four-years at a reported $25 million. ESPN’s Jeff Passan first reported the extension.
Passan stated that the deal includes a fifth-year option for $10 million and buys out two potential free-agent years.
Last season in 44 of 60 regular season games Dozier hit .228/.344/.392 with six home runs and 12 RBIs.
The Royals with new owner Joel Sherman has been making moves to compete with the Indians, Twins and White Sox in 2021.
Since winning the World Series in 2015, Kansas City has struggled, not finishing a season higher than third place in any season.
Last season in the MLB’s shortened season of 2020 the Royals finished fourth. The club has a solid farm system, but that’s not going to help when other teams are out making big moves to try and improve in the division.
Inking Dozier is a solid move that can only help the team’s infield and offense moving forward.
Two seasons ago Dozier hit .279 with 26 homers, 29 doubles, 10 triples and 84 runs batted in.
Kansas City GM Dayton Moore and his front office have been busy with moves since the season ended, as the team signed Carlos Santana and Mike Minor to multi-year deals and acquired outfielder Andrew Benintendi from the Boston Red Sox in a trade that has shown how aggressive they have been this offseason trying to get back to the top of the division.