Hunter Dozier reaches four-year extension with Royals

Field Level Media

March 01, 2021 at 6:35 pm.

Kansas City Royals third baseman Hunter Dozier agreed to a four-year contract extension that includes a fifth-year option, the team announced on Monday.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the Royals, however ESPN reported the deal is worth $25 million and the option is for $10 million.

Per ESPN, the deal would buy out two potential free agent years for Dozier and includes incentives and bonuses that could max out the value at $49 million over five years.

Dozier, 29, batted .228 with six homers and 12 RBIs in 44 games during the shortened 2020 season.

One year earlier, he batted .279 with 26 homers and 84 RBIs in 139 games. He also had 65 extra-base hits and tied for the major league lead with 10 triples.

A first-round pick (eighth overall) by the Royals in 2013, Dozier has a career .253 batting average with 43 homers and 131 RBIs in 293 games since making his debut in 2016.

Kansas City avoided arbitration with Dozier in December by signing him to a one-year deal worth a reported $2.72 million plus incentives.