Found February 29, 2012 on i70baseball:
Perhaps he’s not the savior that his name suggests, but the Royals are placing enough faith in 21-year-old Salvador Perez that his signing represents a significant effort to lock up talent early. Much was made in 2008 about the signing of Evan Longoria to a long-term deal before he’d completed even a full year in the majors. The Royals mimicked the Longoria deal by giving Perez a 5-year deal for $7 million with 3 club option years that total up to $19.75 million. By giving a rookie a multi-year, incentive-laden contract, it would appear both player and team benefit. If the player is injured or flops, he still gets big money. But if the player lives up to his presumed potential, the team retains his services through the early part of his career for a relatively bargain-basement price. And the player earns his worth through incentives. The fact that Perez got such a deal done before Eric Hosmer might be a bit surprising, but is no less encouraging to Royals fans. Hosmer is a potentia...

Let's Slow Down on Salvador Perez

Kansas City Royal fans have a lot to be excited about with the approaching 2012 season. They have a roster full of exciting, young player with more on the way. And now the Royals are taking a page out of the Rays' small market handbook by extending contracts to young players. It was announced today that Salvador Perez was signed through his control years with a five year deal...

Salvador Perez to have knee surgery

Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez said Wednesday on Twitter that he's returning to Kansas City after hurting his knee. He injured his knee while warming up starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez in the bullpen before a 7-5 victory Tuesday over the Cincinnati Reds. Perez caught the first inning, but left with a noticeable limp and was replaced by Cody Clark. ''Heading to...

Royals give catcher Salvador Perez a five year extension

When news broke at around 5:45 that the Royals would be making a big announcement in about 40 minutes tonight, we all figured that it would be a contract extension, and that the player to be extended was likely Eric Hosmer or Alex Gordon. Well, we were partly right. The Royals did extend one of their players, but it was actually catcher Salvador Perez, who was given a five year...

Contract Bets: Salvador Perez

The Kansas City Royals have signed catcher Sal Perez to a long term deal that promises to keep him in the fold through 2016 but could last as long as 2019.  As a general rule, teams tend to do pretty well on long term deals that include more than 1 option year.  Why?  Well, those option years tend to come at the end of a contract when the annual salary tends to increase almost...

Leaner Longoria ready to embrace potential

PORT CHARLOTTE He wears his hair in a buzz cut these days. And thats only fitting considering the buzz overhead of Tampa Bay Rays star third baseman Evan Longoria not to mention the team as whole. After an injury-plagued 2011 season, Longoria is feeling rejuvenated these days following offseason foot surgery and a training regimen thats given him added strength and flexibility...

Royals sign rookie C Perez to 5-year, $7M deal

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals have signed catcher Salvador Perez to a five-year contract worth $7 million.

Royals sign C Perez to 5-year deal worth $7M

Salvador Perez wants to play in Kansas City for a long time, and the Royals are going to give him that chance.

One signature a “sign” for the future

Not many Major League baseball players have to opportunity to sign a long term contract after playing only 51 games above the AA level.  That is exactly what Kansas City Royals catcher, Salvador Perez, got the chance to do this past week and he took it and ran with it.  The financial security for him and his family played a big part in this deal obviously but it also gave the Royals...

MLB Preview 2012: Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals no longer have the consensus number one farm system in baseball, mostly because they graduated ten players last year. This means they’ve fallen all the way to somewhere else in the top five, depending on which unbiased third-party service that deals in grading manmeat you prefer. They brought up a lot of talent last year, and much of it did quite well...

Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria struck by a pitch, bruises hand

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Longoria OK after being hit on right hand

The early scare of this year's camp came when Matt Bush hit third baseman Evan Longoria on his right hand during Thursday's intrasquad game. Longoria left the game, but didn't appear to be in pain.

Rays' Longoria hit by pitch in intrasquad game

Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria was hit by a pitch during an intrasquad game and has a bruised right hand.

RotoWire MLB 2012 Tampa Bay Rays Preview

The Rays made one of the most improbable end-season runs to sneak into the playoffs as the wild card. Literally minutes after Boston lost in Baltimore on the season's final day to set up a movie-ending scenario, Evan Longoria roped a homer down the left field line to send the Rays to the postseason. Lost in the Longoria homer was that Dan Johnson saved the game in the bottom...
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