Proof positive that the allure of receiving a big payday in upcoming free agency can result in a major uptick in numbers was seen distinctly when it came to Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and his performance with the team in 2017. Already considered a decent but flawed player who seemed to settle into lower-20's power, Moustakas blew way past any projection for last season as he went nuts to the tune of 38 home run, 85 RBI, and a .272 average. While the RBI and average didn't turn many heads, the power certainly did as Moustakas was off the charts there relative to his personal career levels. Unfortunately, those numbers failed to draw the expecred interest in free agency and Moustakas was forced to accept a one-year deal to return to the Royals in the middle of spring training. Already into his prime years at the age of 29, the outlier police are blowing their sirens when it came to Moustakas' 2017 home run total. While his 2018 destination is still unknown as of this writing, Moustakas could very easily slide right back to his 25-home run/85 RBI/.270 offensive output once the ink is dry on his new deal. We always strongly encourage not paying for career years because in the majority of cases, you end up paying for declining numbers the next season. Ultimately Moustakas is a fine player but we are not paying the freight to find out how legit 2017 was.
2018 PROJECTION: .270 28 HR 89 RBI 72 R 1 SB