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All-Star catcher Salvador Perez signs richest contract in Royals history

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez signed a four-year extension worth $82 million. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez signed a four-year extension worth $82 million. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

March 21 (UPI) -- Six-time All-Star catcher Salvador Perez has signed a four-year contract extension with the Kansas City Royals, the team announced Sunday.

League sources told ESPN and the Kansas City Star that Perez's deal is worth $82 million, which makes it the richest deal in Royals history. The team didn't disclose terms of the agreement.

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The value of the extension eclipses the four-year, $72 million contract that Kansas City gave outfielder Alex Gordon in 2016.

Perez's deal, which starts in the 2022 season, comes after a 2020 campaign in which he was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year.

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"It's hard to believe where I'm coming from, where I grew up, to see the situation I have right now. It makes me feel super happy," Perez told reporters Sunday. "My mother is going to be happy. I know my grandma is going to be happy. I know they're excited for me to be here for four more years, maybe five."



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The 30-year-old Perez, who was World Series MVP in 2015, had a .333 batting average with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs last season. He also captured his third Silver Slugger Award in 2020.

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Perez has earned five Gold Gloves in his MLB career. He has a lifetime .269 average with 152 homers and 535 RBIs over 979 games in Kansas City.

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