The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran infielder Mike Moustakas, as per MLB.com’s Thomas Harding.
The Cincinnati Reds released the 34 year-old Moustakas in early January. Moustakas is a former three-time All-Star, but he’s coming off two miserable seasons.
Before joining the Reds, Moustakas had enjoyed success both as a member of the Kansas City Royals and the Milwaukee Brewers. He was part of Kansas City’s World Series-winning club in 2015.
Assuming Moustakas makes Colorado’s roster, the Rockies will only owe him the Major League minimum salary. The Reds will be responsible for the rest of the $22MM salary Moustakas is slated to earn in 2023, as per the four-year, $64MM deal he signed with Cincinnati during the 2019-20 offseason.
A former first-round pick by the Kansas City Royals in 2007, Moustakas debuted in 2011 with the team and quickly cemented himself as a key player for the Royals.
Mike Moustakas. Photo courtsey of Redleg Nation