Perez, the reigning World Series MVP, had arguably the most team-friendly deal in the majors prior to the restructuring. He signed a five-year, $7 million deal before the start of the 2012 season.
In 142 games last season, Perez hit .260/.280/.426 with 21 homers and 70 RBI. He had four homers and eight RBI during the postseason and hit .364 in the Royals’ five-game win over the New York Mets in the World Series.
Salvador Perez has helped Kansas City capture two straight AL pennants.
Perez has been an All-Star and a Gold Glove winner the past three seasons, and he leads all major-league catchers with 213 RBI and is second with 50 homers during that span. His 422 games caught over the period also are tops in the majors.