Mike Moustakas is the latest free agent to sign. Although his home is no longer with the Kansas City Royals, he was re-signed by the Milwaukee Brewers.
The 2019 season will be the first season of Mike Moustakas‘s career that he is not going to be taking to the field on Opening Day wearing a Kansas City Royals uniform. Instead, he will don navy blue and gold as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Though the Mike Moustakas era came to an end a few months ago, we are looking back at his time with the Kansas City Royals.
Mike Moustakas was a first round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 2007, second overall. He had been in the Royals system since, up until he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers before the July trade deadline.
He became a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, but he re-signed with the Milwaukee Brewers with a one year, $10 million deal.
It was reported by Jon Heyman that he turned down a multi-year deal with another organization. It was not disclosed which team that was.
Though he has not been with the Kansas City Royals for months now, he ended his eight year career with the Royals with a slash of .251/.307/.431. He was a star for Kansas City, and he won a World Series.
As Alcides Escobar signed with the Baltimore Orioles earlier in the week, another one of the 2015 World Champions bit the dust in Moustakas. Not that there was any speculation he would end up with the Kansas City Royals, but with him still on the market, anything was possible.
The third base question for the Kansas City Royals now revolves around Hunter Dozier. It is likely he will be the one who tries to permanently fill the hole left by Moose when he was traded last season.
If Dozier is unable to get the job done, though, a young player may have to step up. And who knows, whoever that may be could become the next Mike Moustakas for the Kansas City Royals.