The Kansas City Royals and perennial All-Star catcher Salvador Perez have agreed on a contract extension that will keep him a Royal through the 2021 season.
Just over four years ago in late February of 2012, the Royals and Perez — who was just a year removed from his debut season — agreed to a very team-friendly five-year, $7 million deal that also had three club options.
The revamped deal that the two sides reached on Tuesday favors Perez’s financial well-being a little more than the previous one did.
The latest deal guarantees Perez the three club options that the 2012 deal featured and adds an additional two for a total of five years. Perez will make $52.5 million in those five years.
The new contract does not go into effect until the 2017 season; Perez will make $2 million this season, the last season included in the 2012 agreement.
The compact does not come as much of surprise, especially since the team has reportedly had a deal in the works for their All-Star for several weeks.
Perez, currently 25, was named the 2015 World Series MVP and is undoubtedly one of the leaders in Kansas City’s clubhouse, making a contract extension vital to the team chemistry as well as their catching position.
Last season, Perez caught more innings than any other catcher in the majors did. He caught 1,192 1/3 framers, nearly 50 more than any other backstop. He also took home his third Rawlings Gold Glove Award in as many years.
His leadership and defensive capabilities aren’t the only factors that Perez has going for him. In 142 games in 2015, Perez batted .260, hit 21 homers, drove in 70 runs, and maintained a .426 slugging percentage.