One would imagine that, after signing Ian Kennedy, the KC Royals would be done making major moves. However, that may not be the case as they are reportedly looking to rework Salvador Perez’ contract.
One of the stories to come out of last season involved how Salvador Perez was not happy with his contract. It is certainly understandable as to why that would be the case; Perez has developed into a solid offensive catcher and is arguably the best defensive catcher in the game. His constant smile and leadership have made him one of the more important players on the KC Royals.
According to Jon Heyman, those contract issues may be about to become a thing of the past. The Royals are looking to rework Perez’ contract, and are hoping to have the new deal ready by FanFest.
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Maybe extending and reworking Perez’ contract does not seem like a priority. After all, he is under team control through 2019 and the Royals could theoretically use upgrades in right and in the bullpen. Perez has also had quite the hefty workload over the past three years, catching more games than anyone else in that time frame. Although he is only 25, it may be fair to wonder how long he will be able to hold up under such a workload going forward.
Yet, those concerns may not factor in. Perez is a vital part of the Royals chemistry, a weapon that money cannot buy. In bringing back Alex Gordon, and looking to rework Perez’ contract, the Royals certainly appear committed to keeping that core together. Lorenzo Cain may only be signed to a two year extension currently, but if Perez does end up with another extension of his own, that could help persuade Cain to remain in Kansas City.
Keeping Perez around on another extension would also show the younger players on the team that the Royals will take care of them if they outperform their contract. Far too often, players sign what becomes an extremely team friendly contract, only to be held to that deal without another extension being offered. In reworking Perez’ deal, the Royals can show that they are serious about keeping their core together for as long as possible.
Salvador Perez may be the best catcher in the American League, and he has been a vital part of the KC Royals success. Another extension would certainly be deserved, and a welcome sign for the Royals.