Infielder Mike Moustakas and the Cincinnati Reds are in settlement on a four-year deal value $64 million, league sources inform ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Moustakas, who turned 31 in September, was a free agent for the third straight offseason after incomes $18.7 million in a pair of one-year offers.
He hit .254 with 35 homers and 87 RBIs final season for the Milwaukee Brewers, incomes his third All-Star choice. After beginning the season at second base, he moved to 3rd when Travis Shaw slumped.
The Reds plan to play Moustakas at second base.
Moustakas helped the 89-win Brewers overcome the early-September lack of 2018 MVP Christian Yelich and beat lengthy odds to get again to the postseason for a second straight season, the primary time they’ve accomplished that since 1981 and ’82. The Brewers went on to lose to the eventual World Sequence champion Washington Nationals within the Nationwide League wild-card sport.
Moustakas had a $7 million wage in 2019 and obtained a $three million buyout for declining his $10 million choice for 2020.
He rejected a $17.Four million qualifying provide from the Kansas Metropolis Royals after the 2017 season and returned to the group for a one-year contract that included a $5.5 million wage and a $1 million choice buyout. He was traded to the Brewers in July 2018 and completed with a .251 common, 28 homers and 95 RBIs, incomes an extra $2.2 million in efficiency bonuses based mostly on plate appearances.
He was instrumental in serving to Kansas Metropolis attain the World Sequence twice, together with its championship run in 2015. He introduced that playoff expertise to the Brewers as one other power-hitting presence within the lineup and fell only one win wanting a 2018 Sequence return.
Moustakas hit .364 in a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies within the 2018 NL Division Sequence. He had a game-ending two-out RBI single within the 10th inning in Recreation 1 and an RBI single within the eighth inning of Recreation 2 to assist break open what had been a 1-Zero sport.
Moustakas has 182 homers, a .252 common and 561 RBIs in eight main league seasons.