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The Royals also signed shortstop Alcides Escobar and catcher Salvador Perez to multi-year contracts in spring training.

“We want to keep as many of our good players here as long as we can, knowing full well it’s going to be a difficult challenge because we feel like we have talented players and as they get into arbitration and so forth, it’s going to be tougher to manage the payroll going forward,” Moore said. “The way Alex worked with us and structured this deal helps us a great deal. Alex can’t go out and win championships by himself. We’ve got to have a team that’s committed to winning.”