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Royals sign 21-year-old Salvador Perez to five-year deal

Feb 27, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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Update: The Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reports that Perez is guaranteed $7 million through 2016. The deal could be worth as much as $26.75 million over eight years.

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The Royals locked up the youngest of their young major leaguers on Monday, signing 21-year-old catcher Salvador Perez to a five-year contract with club options through 2019.

Perez debuted in the majors last August and hit .331/.361/.473 with three homers and 21 RBI in 148 at-bats. The new arrival wouldn’t have been eligible for arbitration until after 2014 or free agency until after 2017.

Given the way young catchers tend to stall offensively, it’s a bit risky for the Royals to go long-term here. Still, the deal is almost sure to be cheap enough to make the upside worth it. Besides, they’re finally out from under that Angel Berroa contract now (right?). They can afford to splurge.

  1. crpls - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Supposedly only $7m for the first five years. Nice.

    • cur68 - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      I like this kid, Sally Perez. He looked just awesome backstopping the Royals last season. You’re right: $7m for the first five years is nice for an above average catcher (besides, I think he’s going to be WAY above average).

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        Obviously we both saw him play against the Jays and were impressed. Aside from the hitting, he is a very promising catcher.

      • cur68 - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:04 PM

        His move to catch and throw was phenomenal: he transitioned so fast he looked like FFWD on VHS. I’ve never seen anyone that quick.

  2. sasquash20 - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    I have to say Royals have a lot of young talent. I’m pulling for them. As long as its not against my Phillies then I hope they win.

  3. groundruledoublebourbon - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    I remember hearing about him when he was in camp with KC at age 19. All coaches were saying things like “if he hits .260, he’ll go to Cooperstown – that’s how good he is defensively.” Also, it was the first time Ned had ever seen a catcher pop a 1.8. THAT is special. All the best to this young guy- he plays with great energy/enthusiasm.

    And yes. Salis an absolute magician behind the plate.

    • groundruledoublebourbon - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      *Sal is an absolute magician…. Hrmph.

  4. sportsdrenched.com - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    I like this move by itself.

    A good catcher is a rare commodity in MLB. Especially for this franchise.
    Hopefully the Royals continue to lock up some of the other guys around him.

  5. Tyree Studio - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Let’s get Gordon locked up long-term next Dayton.

    If you listen to Yost or Moore interviews this spring they are incredibly high on Sal. As high on him as they are Hosmer. To control him for a potential 8 years for that cheap is a steal for KC, even if Perez doesn’t turn into the next “Sandy Alomar Jr.”.

  6. The Baseball Idiot - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    I had no idea Perez used to play in the Braves organization.

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