With Hosmer in KC, Perez was the secondary face of the franchise. Many would think of Perez second when naming Kansas City Royals. With his former teammate out of the picture, this is now Perez’s team. Whether it’s behind the plate or in the batter’s box, Perez consistently brings his A-game. Hitting .268 with 27 home runs last season, no one has any room to question his place as a star in the MLB.
Including this year, Perez is under contract for four more seasons. He’ll be just 31 when his current contract expires. That is a perfect age for players to exit their prime and enter more of a leadership role. Although that’s true, Perez is no ordinary player. Now 27 years old, Perez is the unquestioned leader of the franchise. I believe he’s up to the challenge.
If the Royals begin to give Perez more well-deserved rest throughout the season, he should be able to stay healthy for the remainder of his contract. Out of the four names on this list, he’s by far the highest-regarded player and leader on the squad. That shouldn’t change any time soon.