Mike Moustakas Signs Four-Year, $64 Million Contract With Reds

He wasn't the top name on the 2020 MLB free agent market, but Mike Moustakas will be taking home one of the biggest paydays this winter.

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, Moustakas has landed a four-year deal worth a whopping $64 million from the Cincinnati Reds. The 31-year-old is coming off the third All-Star selection of his career.

Even though he's been among the top third basemen in baseball throughout the decade, Moustakas was unable to receive major paydays in the last two free agent periods. He had to settle on a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Kansas City Royals in 2018, and a one-year, $10 million pact with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019.

But the three-time All-Star has finally received the lucrative long-term deal that he's deserved for a while now. Moustakas is also a World Series Champion, having won it all with the Kansas City Royals in 2015.

Moustakas batted .254 with an OPS of .845 for the Brewers in 2019. He had 35 home runs and 87 RBI while drawing 53 walks. One year after helping Milwaukee reach Game 7 of the 2018 NLCS, Moustakas guided his team to an NL Wild Card spot - where they fell to the eventual World Champion Washington Nationals.

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The Reds are coming off their sixth straight losing season and non-playoff berth. Though the front office has spent more money over the past year, the team is still far behind NL Central rivals like the Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals.

But Moustakas should be a tremendous fit on a Cincinnati team that isn't lacking in power hitters. Aside from perennial All-Star and slugger Joey Votto, the Reds lineup also consists of Eugenio Suarez, Aristides Aquino and Derek Dietrich.

Moustakas is now off the market, but there are still a handful of marquee names available. This includes Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon and 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson.

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