This is nothing new for Moustakas and the Royals. Both parties avoided arbitration last season when he signed a one-year, $2.6 million deal, per Spotrac.com.
It was quite a season for him, too. Moustakas was selected to his first MLB All-Star Game in his five-year career after achieving career highs with a .284 batting average, 22 home runs and 82 RBI.
In seasons in which he played over 100 games, the 27-year-old had never batted over .242 until 2015.
He was one of the centerpieces of a Royals team that won its first World Series in 29 years, beating the New York Mets in five games.
While he and the Royals are flying high this offseason, they had a lot of work to do in order to find him a new deal, per Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan on Jan. 15:
Mike Moustakas and the Royals have a huge gap. Moustakas is asking for $7 million and the Royals offering $4.2 million.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 15, 2016
Moustakas is just one of the pieces that embody what the Royals are all about. He possesses a blue-collar mentality and doesn't bring anything flashy to his play at the hot corner.
The Royals are not a team of superstars. They're just a unit of solid players who know how to give their all for one another and find ways to win games.
So far, the Royals have done well this offseason to hold onto their core after their championship. While they lost Ben Zobrist to the Chicago Cubs, they managed to retain longtime Royal Alex Gordon with a four-year, $72 million deal.
They also avoided arbitration with outfielder Lorenzo Cain with a two-year, $17.5 million contract earlier in January.
After the year the Royals had and given what Moustakas brings to the chemistry of this team, Kansas City made it a priority to get on the same page with its third baseman.
Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com