Royals Ink Escobar to 4-Year Extension

by kelly on March 15, 2012

The Kansas City Royals have locked up their young shortstop Alcides Escobar to a four-year deal, the team announced today. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star says that the deal includes four years and $10.5 million guaranteed, with an additional $10 million possible if the team picks up two option years.

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The deal buys out his arbitration years, while the two option years could buy out his first two years of potential free agency.

The Royals acquired Escobar from the Brewers during the 2010-11 offseason in the Zack Grienke trade. In his first year with the Royals, Escobar hit .254 and swiped 26 bases in 35 attemps. He is an excellent defensive shortstop and his glove provides a lot of value for a team like the Royals who are trying to work young starting pitchers into the majors.

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