Infielder Mike Moustakas and the Cincinnati Reds are in settlement on a four-year deal value greater than $60 million, league sources inform ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Moustakas, who turned 31 in September, was a free agent for the third straight offseason after incomes $18.7 million in a pair of one-year offers.
He hit .254 with 35 homers and 87 RBIs final season for the Milwaukee Brewers, incomes his third All-Star choice. After beginning the season at second base, he moved to 3rd when Travis Shaw slumped.
The Athletic studies that the Reds plan to play Moustakas at second base.
Moustakas helped the 89-win Brewers overcome the early-September lack of 2018 MVP Christian Yelich and beat lengthy odds to get again within the postseason for a second straight season, the primary time they’ve completed that since 1981-82. The Brewers went on to lose to the eventual World Collection champion Washington Nationals within the Nationwide League wild-card recreation.
Moustakas had a $7 million wage in 2019 and obtained a $three million buyout for declining his $10 million possibility for 2020.
He rejected a $17.Four million qualifying provide from the Kansas Metropolis Royals after the 2017 season and returned to the workforce in mid-March for a one-year contract that included a $5.5 million wage and a $1 million possibility buyout. He was traded to the Brewers that July and completed with a .251 common, 28 homers and 95 RBIs, incomes an extra $2.2 million in efficiency bonuses primarily based on plate appearances.
He was instrumental in serving to Kansas Metropolis attain the World Collection twice, together with its championship run in 2015. He introduced that playoff expertise to the Brewers as one other power-hitting presence within the lineup as he fell only one win wanting a 2018 Collection return.
Moustakas hit .364 in a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies within the 2018 NL Division Collection. He had a game-ending, two-out RBI single within the 10th inning in Sport 1 and an RBI single within the eighth inning of Sport 2 to assist break open what had been a 1-Zero recreation.
Moustakas has 182 homers, a .252 common and 561 RBIs in eight main league seasons.