All-Star catcher Salvador Perez is signed through the 2019 season, but the Kansas City Royals may be looking to hammer out the details on a new contract this offseason. MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported on Jan. 25 the Royals are in discussions with Perez about a long-term extension.
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Perez Comments on Contract Talks
Saturday, Jan. 30
Perez said his representatives were in talks with the Royals regarding a new deal but noted he wasn't sure whether a deal would be done by spring training, per Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com:
'I don't know,' he said. 'I got my agents they are talking to. We'll see. We have to wait for it. I'm happy either way. I'm happy no matter what. I'm here to play the game.'
Perez said he is not spending much time thinking about a new deal.
'That's why I got my agent,' he said. 'If something happens, great. If not, that's great, too. I don't care. I'll just play hard and keep my concentration and help my teammates. [And] try to get back to the World Series.'
Perez May No Longer Be Among MLB's Biggest Bargains
Monday, Jan. 25
In 2012, the Royals signed Perez to what became one of the most team-friendly contracts in baseball. He'll earn $7 million through the first five years, and after that, he has three club-option years worth a combined $14.75 million, per Baseball-Reference.com.
According to Spotrac, Buster Posey earns the highest annual base salary for a catcher at $20 million, just to put into perspective how great a deal the Royals are getting for a three-time All-Star and World Series MVP.
The Royals were still basking in their World Series glory when general manager Dayton Moore was asked about Perez's future with the team and whether the Royals would reward him for his work on the field.
"That's a decision we'd have to discuss as an organization," Moore said last November, per MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan. He continued:
I don't know when the right time is to do that. I don't know if there have been examples of [restructuring long-term deals]. But if a player doesn't perform, the club is usually often wishing it didn't [do a long-term deal]. But you know, we love Salvy. He's family. We'll see.
Few players have been more integral to Kansas City's success than Perez. Over the last three years, he batted .270 with 51 home runs and 219 runs batted in. According to FanGraphs, he was also the second-best defensive catcher in the league during that stretch.
Since he's still under contract for the next few years, the Royals don't necessarily need to give Perez a new deal, but doing so would be a gesture of good faith, and nobody would argue he hasn't done enough to warrant a pay raise.
Kansas City was regarded as one of the more frugal franchises in baseball for years, but as the team has become more successful, ownership has shown a strong commitment to providing the necessary finances to keep the team competitive.
The Royals handed outfielder Alex Gordon $68 million over four years earlier this offseason, and a new deal for Perez may happen sooner rather than later.