Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Royals give catcher new long-term deal

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Salvador Perez signed a club-friendly deal with the Royals four years ago in part so his mother, Yilda, would no longer have to work in their increasingly violent hometown in Venezuela.

Now, Perez hopes he can move her to the U.S. permanently.

The Royals signed the All-Star catcher to a contract through 2021 on Tuesday that guarantees him an additional $52.5 million over five seasons. The deal was announced two days after Yilda had her SUV stolen at gunpoint on the way to the market. She was unharmed, and the vehicle was later recovered by the police.

"It feels like a family here," Perez said. "Hopefully I can play the rest of my career here, be one of these guys like Frank White and George Brett."

Perez, 25, is set to make $2 million this season, the final guaranteed year of a deal signed in 2012 that included club options for 2017-19. His new deal includes a $6 million signing bonus and salaries of $3 million next season, $7.5 million in 2018, $10 million in 2019 and $13 million each in 2020 and 2021.

"Every player is different, every negotiation is unique and we take them on a case-by-case basis," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "We felt this was something that would take place in time."

Perez signed with the Royals as a 16-year-old and shot through the minors. He made his big-league debut in 2011, became the everyday backstop the next season and has been voted an All-Star each of the past three years.

He hit .260 with a .280 on-base percentage and a .426 slugging percentage last season and won a Gold Glove. He was MVP of the Royals' World Series victory.

CUBS: Manager Joe Maddon named right-hander Jake Arrieta, the NL Cy Young Award winner, as the opening day starter April 4 against the Angels.

DODGERS: Right-handed reliever Josh Ravin broke his left forearm in an automobile accident and needs surgery.

GIANTS: Outfielder Hunter Pence was diagnosed with inflammation in his right Achilles and will miss about a week.

INDIANS: Outfielder Michael Brantley hit moving baseballs for the first time since having surgery in November on his right shoulder. The All-Star had been limited to no-contact swings and hitting balls off a tee since arriving at the team's spring training complex in February.

MARINERS: DH/outfielder Nelson Cruz will not be in the lineup today because of soreness in his left knee.

MARLINS: Right-hander Carter Capps was awaiting a second opinion on an MRI exam of his pitching elbow, fearing an injury that would end his bid for the closer's job before spring training games even began.

ROCKIES: Swinging for the fences just got a little more challenging at Coors Field, with the team raising the outfield walls in two spots for the upcoming season. The fence from right-center and extending into right will be raised by 8 feet. A section of the fence near the leftfield foul pole will be elevated 5 feet.

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