Kansas City Royals: Kevin Kouzmanoff Signed to Minor League Deal
If he makes it through spring training onto the roster for the Royals, then his salary will be $1 million plus potential incentives, bringing it to $1.3 million.
The contract includes a provision allowing Kouzmanoff to be released, if he so chooses, if he is still in the minor-league system on May 1st.
As of Sept. 10th, 2011, he has a career batting average of .255, 82 home runs and 351 RBI.
He is the 23rd player in MLB history to hit a home run on his first at-bat and his first pitch.
He is the third player of only four in MLB history to hit a grand slam at his first major-league at-bat. He and Daniel Nava hit them on the first pitch that they saw.
Kouzmanoff is the NL record-holder for a single-season fielding percentage of .990 in 2009.
He received a call from the Baseball Hall of Fame requesting that he donate his glove to them. He decided to choose a glove to donate, but did not want to give up his game glove.
This appears to be a decent contract for the Royals. Kouzmanoff will need to prove himself in spring training to earn his position, and he probably will.
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