For the second year in a row, two-time all-star third baseman Mike Moustakas was on the free agent market and for the second year in a row he is going to be taking a one-year deal.
Last off-season he ended up going back to the Royals on a one-year deal and then he was traded to the Brewers this past season on July 27th and after not being able to find a long-term deal in the free agent market once again, he has decided to go back to Milwaukee on a one-year deal worth $10 million. The only difference in this years deal is that this one includes a mutual option between Moustakas and the Brewers for the 2020 season. The option year would also be for $10 million if both sides decide to pick it up.
After nearly making it to the World Series a year ago, this was an easy decision for the Brewers to make based on the value of the contract and with it not being a long-term commitment.
When Moustakas came over to the Brewers last season he performed pretty much right at what you would expect from him based on his career numbers. He did strike out at a higher rate than we are used to from him, but he also got walked at a higher rate than the normally free swinging third baseman does.
His defense wasn’t anything to be super thrilled about however which fit in perfectly to what the Brewers had going on because overall their infield defense was pretty spotty.
Even with Moustakas not being the greatest defender in the world, this is a good move for a Brewers team that expects to contend for the National League title again because he brings a lot of power to the middle of that order and for $10 million it’s not too steep of a price to pay.