Royal great Ben Zobrist was named World Series MVP. Congratulations to Ben Zobrist and his Chicago Cubs.
"It's unbelievable," Zobrist said. "I can't even put it into words. What this team has battled through all year long, believing we're the best team, but the ups and the downs and having to fight through things. ... It's an unbelievable team to be a part of."
Zobrist was the linchpin of a Cubs lineup that scored 20 runs over its last three games to come back from a 3-1 series deficit. He led the team with 10 hits and hit .357 over seven games. He also notched three multihit games in the series to become the first Cub to be named World Series MVP, which has been awarded every postseason since 1955.
Zobrist is the eighth outfielder to win World Series MVP honors, and the first since Jermaine Dye in 2005.
At BP Kansas City, David Lesky looks at how the Royals might extend the competitive window:
If the Royals want to keep a few of these players long-term, the time is now. Duffy, Moustakas, Dyson and Herrera are expected to make around $24.7 million in 2017. That’s using the arbitration estimates from MLB Trade Rumors for Duffy, Dyson and Herrera, and Moustakas has a deal in place already for $8.7 million. If the Royals can get an extension in place with these players, they can backload the deal to make their contracts far less expensive for the 2017 season.
For example, Danny Duffy is estimated to earn $8.2 million through arbitration, but if the Royals could sign him to a deal for something around five years and $48 million, they could backload the deal to pay him just $4 million in 2017. After that, they could pay him $8 million, $10 million, $11 million and $13 million with an option for something like $15 million and a $2 million buyout.
A four-year deal for Moustakas could be worth a $52 million to match Chase Headley’s deal with the Yankees. If you pay him $5 million in 2017 and spread the rest out over the next three years and the Dayton Moore Special Mutual Option, that helps out a lot too.
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