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Kansas City Brings Back Moose

The Royals have brought back Mike Moustakas (131 ADP) on a one-year, $6.5 million deal. After testing the free-agent landscape, Moustakas returns on a deal that pays him less than the Royals’ original qualifying offer. While it’s not the scenario he envisioned once the offseason started, at least he’s signed and ready to provide fantasy value.

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The 29-year-old is coming off his best season. He broke the Royals’ franchise home run record with 38 homers while posting a respectable .272 AVG. His stat projections shouldn’t change except that he’ll be hitting in a worse lineup, with Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain signing with the Padres and Brewers, respectively. Moustakas’ production focuses on making contact (15.5% K%) and hitting dongs while offering next to nothing in the speed department (two steals in the last four seasons). Fantasy owners should expect about 30 home runs with a .270 AVG from Moustakas this season.

The playing time of Cheslor Cuthbert (589 ADP) and Hunter Dozier (648 ADP) gets axed with this deal. Projections placed neither guy near third base replacement-level production, so there is no loss for fantasy owners.

Previous Hot Stove Analysis

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