Dec 02, 2019 9:22 PM

AP source: Moustakas, Reds agree to $64 million, 4-year deal

Posted Dec 02, 2019 9:22 PM

By JOE KAY

AP Sports Writer


CINCINNATI — All-Star infielder Mike Moustakas and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a $64 million, four-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, the team's first move to upgrade a lineup that struggled to score.


The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the agreement had not been announced.


Moustakas became a free agent for the third straight offseason after declining a mutual option with the Brewers. The 31-year-old could fill the Reds' hole at second base that opened when Scooter Gennett got hurt and then was traded last season.


Moustakas earned $18.7 million in a pair of one-year deals. He hit .254 with 35 homers and 87 RBIs this year, making his third All-Star team. He began the season at second base and moved to third with Travis Shaw in a slump.


Moustakas rejected a $17.4 million qualifying offer from Kansas City after the 2017 season but eventually returned to the Royals on a one-year deal. He was traded to the Brewers that July and finished with a .251 average, 28 homers and 95 RBIs. He had a $7 million salary this year and gets a $3 million buyout for declining his $10 million option.


AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.


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Dec 02, 2019 9:22 PM
Wildcat women host UIW on Tuesday in Bramlage

MANHATTAN -- K-State women's basketball will play the first of just two home games in the month of December on Tuesday against UIW at 6:30 p.m. The Wildcats will look to snap a three-game skid.


Tuesday’s game can be seen live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play), Missy Heidrick (analyst) and Anna Christianson (sideline) will have the call.


The Wildcats were led in the Junkanoo Jam by redshirt freshman Ayoka Lee and senior Peyton Williams. Lee earned Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament Team - Bimini Division honors by averaging 18.0 points on 15-of-19 (.789) shooting, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks.


Williams also averaged a double-double during the Junkanoo Jam with 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds.


Defensively, K-State has held its opponents to a combined field goal percentage of 33.6 percent which ranks 33rd in the nation.


During its recent skid, Kansas State has dropped the three games by a total of 13 points.

 

Starting 5

Five names, numbers or storylines about K-State women’s basketball


1. Board Work

K-State has had the advantage on the glass in all six games this season. The Wildcats rank fourth in the nation and lead the Big 12 in rebounds per game at 48.8.


2. Rejection

Kansas State leads the Big 12 and ranks fourth in the nation for blocks per game at 6.8. The Wildcats are 11th in the nation for total blocks with 41.


3. Williams a Double-Double Machine

Peyton Williams, a candidate for every national award, owns 25 career double-doubles and is tied for fifth in program history for career double-doubles. She has opened the 2019-20 season with a double-double in four of her five games played. She is averaging 13.4 points and 14.0 rebounds and ranks 11th in the nation for double-doubles this season.


4. Lee Equals First Quarter Records

Against Michigan State, Ayoka Lee tied the school records for points in a first quarter (11) and field goals made in a first quarter (5). Lee would finish the game with 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and 6-of-7 from the free throw line.


5. Carr from Afar

Sophomore Christianna Carr has made 20 three-point field goals to begin the 2019-20 season. She ranks second in the Big 12 and 40th in the nation in 3-point field goals made. Carr is averaging 3.3 three-point field goals made per game and ranks second in the Big 12 and 20th in the nation.

 

Last Time Out

(15/15) Michigan State 65, Kansas State 60 (November 30, 2019; Bimini, Bahamas)


K-State was unable to hold a one-point lead in the final two minutes against the Spartans.


The Wildcats stifled Michigan State in the third quarter, holding the Spartans to five points on 13.3 percent shooting (2-of-15).


Redshirt freshman center Ayoka Lee led the Wildcats with career-highs of 22 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks. Lee was named to the Junkanoo Jam All-Tournament Team - Bimini Division.


K-State has had the edge on the boards in every game this season, outrebounding the Spartans - 40-37.


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