Royals sign shortstop Alcides Escobar to a multi-year contract with club options for 2016 and 2017

ImageThe Royals today announced the club has reached an agreement on a multi-year contract with shortstop Alcides Escobar.  The contract includes four guaranteed years through the 2015 season, then club options for each of the following two seasons: 2016 and 2017.  Consistent with club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The 25-year-old Escobar spent his first season with the Royals in 2011 after being acquired in a six-player trade with the Milwaukee Brewers on December 19, 2010.  The defensive standout tied for the Major League lead with 158 games at shortstop while pacing baseball with 459 assists, 745 total chances and 271 putouts.  The 6-foot-1, 193-pounder batted .254 with 21 doubles, eight triples, four home runs, 46 RBI and 69 runs scored.  In addition, he stole a career-best 26 bases, becoming one of four shortstops in Royals history to steal 20 or more bases in a season (Freddie Patek, U.L. Washington and Angel Berroa). After a slow start, Escobar hit .286 from June 7 through the remainder of the season, including batting .324 in the month of September.

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