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The Royals announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with third baseman Mike Moustakas for the 2015 season, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Moustakas, 26, hit 15 home runs last season, while batting .212 with 21 doubles and 54 RBI. He enjoyed a tremendous postseason, blasting a team-record five homers, including the go-ahead roundtripper in Game 1 of the American League Division Series in Anaheim. Moose hit safely in each of his first six playoff games and homered in the first two games of the ALCS at Baltimore’s Camden Yards. He also made a memorable catch in Game 3 of the series, falling over the railing above the dugout suites at Kauffman Stadium to haul in a foul ball off the bat of Adam Jones.
The signing of Moustakas leaves the Royals with five unsigned arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland, first baseman Eric Hosmer and outfielder Lorenzo Cain.
The Royals announced today that they have optioned third baseman Mike Moustakas to Omaha. In a corresponding roster move, infielder/outfielder Jimmy Paredes will be recalled prior to Friday’s game in Anaheim.
Paredes, 25, has played in four games with the Royals this season, going 0-for-1 with two runs scored and two stolen bases as a pinch runner. He is hitting .327 (35-for-107) with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 3 homers and 17 RBI in 26 games with the Storm Chasers.
The Royals have 106 stolen bases on the season, which is most in the American League. Today at Ned Yost’s afternoon press conference the manager was asked how important stealing bases and baserunning in general is for this team. “It’s important. The more scoring opportunities we have, hopefully, the more runs we are going to score. It hasn’t worked out like that lately but you still have to put yourself in the best positions to score runs and take advantage of a big hit.”
Since returning from the disabled list on August 12th, Chris Getz has been hitting the ball well, to the tune of .364 batting average. The skipper explained this afternoon why he has inserted Getz in tonight’s leadoff role. “The reason you are seeing Getz at the top of the lineup today is because he has been swinging the bat very well. He has been working the count extremely well since he has been back. He is seeing pitches and doing everything you want a leadoff guy to do,” said Yost.
Mike Moustakas is returning to the lineup for only the second time since leaving the August 12 game with a tight left calf. Yost said his third baseman is probably still at 80-85% but thinks he should be able to play through the tightness.
By Kent Klooster
The Royals have been dealing with key injuries over the past few weeks. Two of those injuries have been to Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain. Ned Yost was asked about the outfielder and third baseman at this afternoon’s press conference. “Moustakas will play tomorrow. We will give him some days off against tough lefties to get healed up. Then we can use him late in the game or pinch-hit with him. He is a valuable part of our team and he has been swinging the bat really well. This leg injury effects his speed a little bit. It doesn’t really affect him at third base but we want to get it healed. We are going to try to take every opportunity to get him a break when we possibly can.” The skipper went on to talk about the progress of Lorenzo Cain. “He is getting better but still isn’t doing any baseball activities. He is doing strength and conditioning but no swinging the bat or throwing. He is a bit of a ways away.”
With 39 games left on the schedule the Royals know that every game is important. The next five series are against teams currently under .500 (not counting the makeup game vs. Tampa Bay). Yost was asked if his club has to show what they are made of in those contests more so than the others. “No. This team over here (White Sox) has won nine of last 14 games and three in a row. We have zero easy games left. You can claim they are under .500 all you want. On any given day that doesn’t make any difference. You have to come out and play good baseball every day. You have to stay focused and you can’t let your guard drop until the last pitch is thrown. If you do, you are going to be in trouble,” said the manager.
By Kent Klooster
During last night’s victory the Royals had a scare when Mike Moustakas left the game in the fifth inning. His calf tightened up on him while rounding second base on Justin Maxwell’s RBI triple. Today at Ned Yost’s daily press conference he was asked about the status of his young third baseman. “He has a grade one strain. He feels a little better. It is going to be a day-to-day thing. He looked better walking in here today than he looked walking out of here last night. He had a pretty pronounced limp when he left last night, which made me worry a bit but came in today just barely limping. We will evaluate it day-to-day,” said Yost.
Without Salvador Perez in the lineup, who is just getting a day off, and with Moustakas out nursing a sore calf the skipper inserted David Lough in the five hole. The manager was asked about the decision. Ned had this to say, “We are just looking for some balance. We are always looking for balance. If we batted Lough in the leadoff position we didn’t really have anyone who could fill the number five spot.”
With the Royals winning 18 of 23 since the All-Star break, the fans are getting excited about this team and potential playoff possibilities. Ned was asked if he has noticed a change in the energy around the stands and in the city. “The excitement level is great. The fans have great anticipation when they walk through the gates every day. I think we all sense the fans are excited about the way we were playing.” Yost went on to joke, “I don’t have near as many fans scream at me back behind the dugout since we have been playing well, which is a nice thing.”
By Kent Klooster