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02/27/2012 6:43 PM EST

Royals sign catcher Salvador Perez to a multi-year contract

Five-year guaranteed contract also includes club options through 2019

SURPRISE, AZ  -- The Kansas City Royals today announced the club has reached an agreement on a multi-year contract with catcher Salvador Perez.  The contract includes five guaranteed years through the 2016 season, then club options for each of the following three seasons: 2017, 2018 and 2019.  Consistent with club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The 21-year-old from Valencia, Venezuela, made his Major League debut last year on August 10 and hit .331 (49-for-148) with eight doubles, two triples, three home runs, 21 RBI and 20 runs scored in 39 games as the Royals starting catcher.  His .374 average from August 21 through the remainder of the season was the fourth-highest in baseball.  Known as a strong defensive catcher and game caller, Perez was named the “Best Defensive Catcher” in the Royals minor league system by Baseball America in 2009, 2010 and 2011.  He was originally signed by Kansas City as a non-drafted free agent on September 27, 2006.

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