SURPRISE, Ariz. — The Kansas City Royals have signed catcher Salvador Perez to a five-year contract worth $7 million.
The team announced the deal Monday. The contract includes club options for three more years that could keep Perez with the Royals through 2019. If Perez reached all the performance bonuses and incentives, the contract could be worth $26.75 million over eight years.
The 21-year-old Perez made his major league debut Aug. 10 and hit .331 in 39 games with eight doubles, two triples, three home runs and 21 RBIs. He has been chosen as the best defensive catcher in the Royals' organization the past three years.
Perez, who is from Venezuela, was signed by the Royals as a non-drafted free agent on Sept. 27, 2006.