While the Kansas City Royals players and coaching staff are currently focusing on Spring Training, there is still plenty of work to be done in the front office, as the team attempts to solidify their key players for the near future.
Ben Nicholson-Smith at MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Royals have signed shortstop Alcides Escobar to a four-year contract extension that will keep the player with the team through at least 2015. The contract is worth $10.5 million in guaranteed money, with club options for 2016 and 2017, worth a combined additional $11.25 million.
This locks up Escobar through his first three years of arbitration at the very least. Nicholson-Smith points out that Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus recently signed a similar contract for $14.4 million. The comps between Andrus and Escobar are readily evident, so the Royals definitely got a deal with this contract.