Jeff Passan of ESPN confirmed Rosenthal’s report, adding that the one-year deal is in the $9 million range. Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reported that the deal was for $10 million, and Jon Heyman of MLB Network added that it likely includes a mutual option for the 2020 season.
The Mets were connected to Moustakas last offseason when they ultimately decided on signing Todd Frazier instead of him to fill their hole at third base. He ended up settling on a one-year deal with the Royals that guaranteed him $6.5 million, and was traded to the Brewers midseason to help them on their postseason run.
The Mets were also loosely connected to Moustakas this offseason, although the fit was not quite as clear with Frazier already on the team. Any chances of that ended with the Mets’ acquisitions of Robinson Cano and Jed Lowrie.
Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with the Royals and Brewers last season, putting up a solid 2.4-fWAR campaign. He’s still 30 years old, but the free agent market has not been kind to him the past couple of years, as he’s taken until the end of the offseason to sign and had to settle for one-year deals both years. This just shows how low-OBP, high-power types like Moustakas are not being valued very high in this current industry.
Moustakas has played almost exclusively third base in his career and will likely continue to play there with the Brewers in 2019, with Travis Shaw likely shifting to second base.