Royals To Extend Salvador Perez

The Royals announced that they signed catcher Salvador Perez to a five-year contract that includes three club options. Perez will earn a guaranteed $7MM over the course of the five-year contract, Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports (Twitter links). The Morgan Advisory Group client could earn as much as $26.75MM if he maxes out his incentives and the Royals pick up all three options. Dutton has the yearly breakdown (Twitter links).

The deal buys out Perez's three pre-arbitration seasons and two of his seasons of arbitration eligibility. The Royals have options for his final season of arbitration eligibility and for his first two free agent seasons.

Perez debuted with the Royals last year, appearing in 39 games. The 21-year-old posted a .331/.361/.473 line in 158 plate appearances, adding 13 extra base hits. Before getting called up to Kansas City, Perez posted a .290/.331/.437 line in the upper minors and prevented 46% of stolen base attempts against him.

Perez joins Matt Moore and Evan Longoria, who also signed extensions before notching their first full year of MLB service time. The two Rays players also signed deals that include three club options. There's not much recent precedent for extensions involving pre-arbitration eligible catchers, as MLBTR's Extension Tracker shows. 

GM Dayton Moore locked Joakim Soria up before the closer had two years of service time in a similarly motivated extension. The Royals obtained three club options on that deal as well.


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133 Comments on "Royals To Extend Salvador Perez"


3 years 6 months ago

LOL – THAT WAS IT?

rundmc1981
3 years 6 months ago

Disappointing.

3 years 6 months ago

This is not “major” in any conceivable sense of the word. 

$1529282
3 years 6 months ago

 Potentially extending a player for eight years isn’t major? Ok then.

$1529282
3 years 6 months ago

 Potentially extending a player for eight years isn’t major? Ok then.

3 years 6 months ago

Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of signing unproven young guys to long term deals before they ever play a full season.  But to put this out there as a “major announcement”?  I think we need to put things in perspective.  Pujols was a major announcement.  Prince was a major announcement.  Salvador Perez?  He very well might be good, maybe even very good some day.  Right now, however, I don’t think this is a major announcement. 

MUCHRIS64
3 years 6 months ago

 Hey, its MAJOR for us. Got to start somewhere, lol!

$1529282
3 years 6 months ago

Pujols and Prince transcend “major.” Signing a 21-year-old to an eight-year deal is major. How often does this happen? Just because it’s a pre-arb guy on a small market team doesn’t make it major for them.

The ROYALS said they’d be having a major announcement, not MLBTR. You don’t think the KC front office thinks this is a major move?

If it were Eric Hosmer, I doubt people would be so cynical.

3 years 6 months ago

Only in the age of ESPN and 24 hour news cycles would an acceptable response be that the Pujols and Prince deals “transcended major,” rather than just being major in and of themselves.  Regardless, this kid signed 5 guaranteed years, not 8.  He’s got $7 mil guaranteed, which I imagine is barely above the minimums that he would have earned had he simply made the roster for the next 5 years.  I think rookie minimum is approaching $500,000.  I think this announcement and this deal is interesting. I think it’s an exciting announcement.  I think it’s intriguing (based on the number of comments on this thread).  But I don’t think it’s major.  MorneauVP, are you using a pseudonym?  Are you actually Salvador Perez?    

3 years 6 months ago

I for one think this is an “exciting” announcement.  As a Royals fan, this will be as vital to this team as the Rays signing Longoria.  Is it is a “Major” announcement to everyone in baseball?  I don’t really care….

3 years 6 months ago

I think this is a major announcement.  For Royals fans in the know, this kid will be the best catcher in the game in the next 2 years

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

Somewhat disappointing.

MUCHRIS64
3 years 6 months ago

 Not to a Royals fan. The kid if he hits at all he WILL be an All Star.

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

He’s good, but it was built up a little.

MUCHRIS64
3 years 6 months ago

I agree. What will it be called if Hosmer gets signed sometime?  Won’t be able to put it into words….

3 years 6 months ago

Haa it will be what ESPN called Alabama vs LSU during the regular season…seriously happy for Royals & their fans.  Moore is trying to turn it around.  Visited Kaufman last year, great park. SF Giants fans support you guys!

3 years 6 months ago

:::crickets:::

fxx3605
3 years 6 months ago

this cant be it……….

3 years 6 months ago

wow.major.

3 years 6 months ago

for how long?

3 years 6 months ago

Haven’t been this disappointed since the Flyers didn’t make a SINGLE move today at the trade deadline…

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

Same with the Wings. I guess we’re waiting for free agency.

3 years 6 months ago

I wanted Nash (Ok, this is the last NHL comment I make on a baseball forum)!

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

 That’s funny, because I wanted Nash!

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

The NHL? I thought they folded years ago…

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

Talk about anti-climatic

twenty1thirteen
3 years 6 months ago

Not to Royals fans. Also, check your spelling.

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

Freaking A! I was gonna spell it anti-climactic but wasn’t sure, then I started typing it into google and predictive whatever spelled out “anti-climatic” so I used that instead

google, I blame you! 

3 years 6 months ago

Really??? Freaking really???  Wow and I was on the edge of my seat and everything!

GriffeyandSizemore
3 years 6 months ago

Is an Alex Gordon overpay really more exciting then this? What were you expecting?

3 years 6 months ago

1st question: yes
2nd question: royals have money. the possibilities are endless. oswalt maybe.
random note: dig the name.

3 years 6 months ago

1st question: yes
2nd question: royals have money. the possibilities are endless. oswalt maybe.
random note: dig the name.

SpfldCynic
3 years 6 months ago

This guy is something special. People may think “that was it?” now, but if this same prospect was a Yankee, they’d be praising the signing. Great move by the Royals

bjsguess
3 years 6 months ago

Was never a top 100 prospect and has a career OPS of 725 in the minors. He’s young and had a solid debut in a quarter of his season but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

As for it being a “great move” how do you know? I’ve yet to see any contract details. It could be a great deal if they locked him up for super cheap AND he plays well. But those are two pretty big ifs.

MUCHRIS64
3 years 6 months ago

It will be similar to the deal that Soria got from the Royals which was a steal for the Royals. Will keep him cheap when some of our other players get real expensive. KC fans recognize how good he is even if other team’s fans don’t.

bjsguess
3 years 6 months ago

OK – so now we have the details.

If they had done nothing he would earned a total of $1.5m for the first 3 years. They are essentially signing him to a 2/$5.5m deal. If his options aren’t exercised then he will be arb eligible in his last year.

I’ll stand by my earlier statement – it’s an OK deal. Sure if he is the 2nd coming of Mike Piazza it will be a steal. For just an average type catcher it’s pretty typical in terms of cost. To put it in perspective Mike Napoli earned $5.6m during his first 2 arb seasons. Molina earned $5.1 during his first two years. Another comp would be Iannetta – he pulled down $4m over the same time period.

I don’t see why everyone is getting so excited about this. As for people who have seen him play … give me a break. He played in 1/4 of one season. We have over 1300 PA’s in the minors to really evaluate him with. During that time he was solid but unremarkable. I’ll say it again, he wasn’t a top prospect, he had good numbers in the minors (considering his age). He was paid approximately the same as Napoli and Molina (2 incredibly solid catchers). I just don’t see why this is some amazing deal. Maybe the kid turns out to be the real deal. In which case the Royals maybe save a few million. If he turns out like most catchers this will be a slight overpay. Not a bad move – just not some amazing move either.

SpfldCynic
3 years 6 months ago

Again….you’re spouting off like a guy who knows baseball from the stat sheet. ANYONE who’s seen Sal play, knows how great this was. His defense is amazing, pitchers LOVE throwing to him. Oh, and he hit a bit too.

There’s more to baseball than comparing stats. And I’ll say it again…there’s more to evaluating a catcher than OPS. Far more.

3 years 6 months ago

He picks off nearly half of his base runners.  I saw him pick two guys off first base in his first game.  The fact he will be a Royal for the next 8 years is great for us.  I freaking love this guy.  He and Hosmer will be the cornerstones of this franchise for the next 5 years.  

SpfldCynic
3 years 6 months ago

Catchers aren’t measured solely by offensive numbers. See Yadier Molina. 

Royals fans (and those fans of opposing teams who saw him play) know how special this kid is.

JacksTigers
3 years 6 months ago

Having seen him play, I think that he is going to be special.

3 years 6 months ago

Relatively low-risk, could be a huge reward. If he absolutely tanks, the Royals cost themselves about $5MM over five years.

If he ends up anywhere near a league-average catcher before he reaches arbitration, the Royals made out like bandits. If he is league-average by the time arb hits, it’s still a pretty good deal.

If he becomes an above-average player any time during this contract, it’s a steal. Even if he holds up his end of the bargain defensively, it’s a steal.

Love the upside of this deal…not a Royals fan, but this is a solid move that any organization should be commended for making.

FYI, a league-average catcher had a .704 OPS last season. It’s not out of this world to believe a 21-year-old catcher that’s playing in leagues with older average ages can improve upon his minor league slash line.

-C

GOTIGERS24
3 years 6 months ago

Hahahahahahahaha HUGE news

Rashomon
3 years 6 months ago

This will be a day long remembered…for something else.

3 years 6 months ago

what exactly?

Rashomon
3 years 6 months ago

Day’s not over.

55saveslives
3 years 6 months ago

This is major?

Daniel Dubay
3 years 6 months ago

who?

ARod's Ring
3 years 6 months ago

It doesn’t get any bigger than this! 

Motor_City_Bombshell
3 years 6 months ago

Hahahahahaha. Major announcement = Salvador Perez multiyear contract.

…if that’s major, what does Hosmer’s extension (if and when he gets one) translate to?

EDIT: Daaaang that’s not a bad contract for KC. Even if he has only one solid tool right now, if he proves he can hit long term instead of over the course of a month, this will be a steal.

Motor_City_Bombshell
3 years 6 months ago

Hahahahahaha. Major announcement = Salvador Perez multiyear contract.

…if that’s major, what does Hosmer’s extension (if and when he gets one) translate to?

EDIT: Daaaang that’s not a bad contract for KC. Even if he has only one solid tool right now, if he proves he can hit long term instead of over the course of a month, this will be a steal.

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

Hosmer extension = life altering

not_brooks
3 years 6 months ago

Hosmer extension = life altering

grant77
3 years 6 months ago

Pretty bold

grant77
3 years 6 months ago

Pretty bold