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Royals, Salvador Perez agree to five-year extension

The Royals have reached a five-year contract extension with catcher Salvador Perez.
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The Kansas City Royals have reached a five-year, $52.5 million contract extension with catcher Salvador Perez, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Perez, 25, is now under contract with the Royals for six years. With the new deal, he is guaranteed three option years and $36 million, and won’t be eligible for free agency until 2021 when he is 31 years old.

Perez, who was the 2015 World Series MVP, was signed by the Royals as an amateur free agent in 2006 and made his MLB debut in 2011. He is a career .279 hitter with 65 home runs, as well as a three-time All-Star.

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