2015 World Series MVP Salvador Perez and the Kansas City Royals have reportedly agreed to a new contract despite the fact the previous deal didn't expire until after the 2019 season.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported the two sides agreed on a deal through the 2021 season, adding it "picks up three team options" and "adds two years." Passan noted it added "at least" $30 million in new money.
Earlier, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported the two sides were "moving close" to an agreement, adding it will be for six guaranteed years but noting he's "not sure" about a potential option.
"I want to be George Brett," Perez said, per Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star. "I want to be like Frank White, like Alex Gordon. One of those guys. Because this team gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues."
A three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Perez hit a career-high 21 home runs last year during the Royals' run to their first world championship in 30 years.
During the Royals' five-game win over the New York Mets in the World Series last year, Perez batted .364 with two doubles.
Perez has already become a cornerstone for the Royals and has been rewarded as such with a new contract.