Moustakas becomes free agent by declining mutual option with Brewers
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Infielder Mike Moustakas declined to exercise his $11-million mutual option with the Milwaukee Brewers and is now a free agent, the team announced Friday.

Moustakas will receive a $3-million buyout from the Brewers. He is ineligible to receive a qualifying offer because he got one - which he declined - during the 2017-18 offseason.

The 31-year-old was a free agent last winter but found no suitors during an extended stay on the open market. He finally re-signed with Milwaukee in February, shortly after spring training had begun.

Moustakas proceeded to have a career year in 2019. He slashed .254/.329/.516 with 35 homers, 30 doubles, and 87 RBIs over 143 games, and was named an All-Star for the third time.

He also proved surprisingly versatile for the Brewers, as the natural third baseman spent a large portion of the year playing second base. He took to the new position well, tallying an even zero defensive runs saved in 359 2/3 innings at the keystone.

Moustakas, a nine-year veteran, has hit 182 home runs over 1,131 career games with the Brewers and Kansas City Royals. He won a World Series with Kansas City in 2015.

The Brewers also announced that first baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin and utility man Cory Spangenberg have elected for free agency. Both players had been outrighted by the team to Triple-A San Antonio.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal officially declined his mutual option, too, to become a free agent, a move that was first reported Thursday.

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