The Kansas City Royals have signed Kevin Kouzmanoff to a one-year, minor league deal according to Jerry Crasnick via twitter. Crasnick also reports that Kouzmanoff could make up to $1.3 million if he makes the club and reaches incentives, and he has an opt out provision in case he isn't called up before May 1st -- suggesting the Royals are signing him in case their high hopes for Mike Moustakas at third base don't work out.
Kouzmanoff, 30, is a career .255 / .300 / .420 hitter with a touch of power (see: .420 SLG), but his power apparently peaked in 2008 with 23 home runs while playing in San Diego -- no small feat.
- Twitter / @jcrasnick - "The #Royals have agreed on a minor league deal with Kevin Kouzmanoff. It includes an invitation to big league camp"
- Twitter / @jcrasnick - "Kouzmanoff will earn $1M if he makes big league club. His deal includes incentives for plate appearances and can reach $1.3M."
- Twitter / @jcrasnick - "Kouzmanoff also has an opt out provision if he's not in the majors by May 1. Looks like he's insurance for Mike Moustakas at 3B"