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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Ned Yost not worried about Mike Moustakas getting into playing shape

Mike Moustakas

Ned Yost does not seem to be the least bit concerned about Mike Moustakas getting into playing shape.

Moustakas on Thursday agreed to a contract to return to the Kansas City Royals. He is showing up late for spring training, which could lead to some concerns about whether he will be ready when the regular season begins on the 29th. But Kansas City’s manager does not seem to be worried. He was asked about Moustakas on Sunday and dismissed any concerns about the third baseman.

“You come here, you take batting practice, start taking ground balls, you start seeing live pitching, you start playing in live games. We’re not writing any ‘how to’ books here with him. He’ll be ready. Most guys probably need about 30 at-bats before they’re ready for the season. We can get that easily,” Yost said.

Moustakas, 29, clubbed a career-high 38 home runs last season. He was looking to cash in with a major contract over the offseason but ended up returning to the Royals for a guaranteed $6.5 million. He reportedly turned down a $45 million offer from the Angels.

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