The Kansas City Royals have a long, up-and-down history. Since its founding in 1969, they have reached four World Series and won two. But the team also has very lean years. After winning the 1985 championship, the Royals did not make the playoffs again until reaching the World Series in 2014. And after winning their second championship in 2015, the team did not return to the postseason.
This may change after their latest move – one that shows the Royals are willing to spend to see success on the field.
Royals and catcher Salvador Perez agreed to a four-year, $ 82 million extension. The expansion begins in 2022 and comes after Perez was named AL Comeback Player of the Year.
It is also the biggest deal in the Royals’ franchise history. The previous largest contract was a four-year, $ 72 million deal for outfielder Alex Gordon in 2016.
Perez has become a fan favorite in Kansas City, as well as one of the top catchers in the game. He won the World Series MVP in 2015 and earned five gold medals in his career.
For Perez, this is the culmination of a lifetime of hard work. He grew up in Valencia, Venezuela, and developed an interest in baseball as a child. He used a broom in exchange for a baseball bat. Opponent atomizer during batting practice? His mother.
That hard work has not stopped in the major leagues. Perez never missed more than a quarter of a season, which is impressive given the rigidity of the catch position. Perez’s teammates and club officials all praise his work ethic and ability to put himself and his pitcher in order to succeed.
31-year-old Perez could test free-agent water after last season. But he had no desire to do so. He told reporters that he wanted to end his career in Kansas City.
He could make more money than any of the Royals players before him.