Surprise, AZ (Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms
with first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas on contracts
for the 2012 season.
Hosmer made his big league debut last May 6 and nearly won the AL Rookie of
the Year award, finishing third in the balloting. He batted .293 with 19
homers and 79 runs batted in over 128 games.
The 22-year-old Miami native was selected by the Royals with the third overall
pick of the 2008 draft. He was twice named Rookie of the Month during his
first big league season.
Another highly-regarded prospect, Moustakas, struggled after his recall on
June 10. He hit .379 in his final 36 games and finished at .263 with five
homers and 30 runs batted in over 89 games.
The 23-year-old Los Angeles native was chosen by Kansas City with the second
overall pick in the 2007 draft.
Also agreeing to terms on Saturday were outfielder Lorenzo Cain and pitcher
Cain, acquired from Milwaukee in the Zack Greinke trade before the 2011
season, could be Kansas City's center fielder this season. He appeared in six
games for the Royals last season and hit .273 in 22 at-bats after batting .312
for Triple-A Omaha. He also played 43 games for the Brewers in 2010 and batted
Mendoza was 2-0 with a 1.23 earned run average in two September starts for the
Royals last season after compiling a 12-5 mark with a 2.18 ERA for Omaha. The
28-year-old right-hander has a career record of 6-9 with a 7.36 ERA in 38 big
league games over five seasons for Texas and Kansas City.
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