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Former World Series MVP Salvador Perez signs four-year extension with Royals

Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY
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The Kansas City Royals have signed 2015 World Series Most Valuable Player Salvador Perez to a four-year extension with a team option in 2026.

The team announced the signing Sunday afternoon. Terms of the deal were not announced, but MLB.com reports that $82 million is guaranteed, which would be the biggest deal in team history. The 2026 team option is worth $13.5 million with a $2 million buyout, per MLB.com

The 30-year-old catcher has spent the entirety of his MLB career with Kansas City, signing with the organization at the age of 16 and making his major league debut in 2011.

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Perez is coming off one of his most productive years after missing the 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. In 2020, he played 37 games and had career-highs with a .333 BA, .633 slugging percentage and .986 OPS on his way to being named the AL Comeback Player of the Year, a Silver Slugger award winner and first-team all-MLB selection. He also led the team with 11 home runs and was second in RBI (32).

The six-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner was named World Series MVP after the Royals defeated the New York Mets in 2015. He hit 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles and two RBI in the five-game series.

Perez had caught 189 runners stealing in his career — sixth best among active catchers — and his .995 fielding percentage as a catcher is 12th best in MLB history.

Contact Jordan Mendoza at jamendoza@usatoday.com or on Twitter @jord_mendoza

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Salvador Perez: Kansas City Royals sign catcher to 4-year extension