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The latest Moustakas free-agent rumors

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Mike Moustakas has crushed 66 homers the past two seasons -- only Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado and Jose Ramirez have more among players with at least 50 percent of games at third base in that span. That power makes the 30-year-old, who is in his second straight offseason as a free agent, a solid alternative to Machado.

Below you will find the most recent buzz and rumors about the third baseman.

Mike Moustakas has crushed 66 homers the past two seasons -- only Nolan Arenado, Manny Machado and Jose Ramirez have more among players with at least 50 percent of games at third base in that span. That power makes the 30-year-old, who is in his second straight offseason as a free agent, a solid alternative to Machado.

Below you will find the most recent buzz and rumors about the third baseman.

Market for Moustakas includes Phillies, Brewers, Padres
Jan. 21: The Phillies have made it clear they're looking to land one of the two premier free agents on this offseason's market, Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. But what will Philadelphia's plan be for third base if it doesn't land Machado? According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, Plan B could very well be free agent Mike Moustakas.

Tweet from @JonHeyman: Phillies have interest in Mike Moustakas. A Move for Moose likely depends on how Machado pursuit works out for them, though.

Moustakas, 30, lingered on the free-agent market last year before re-signing with the Royals on a one-year deal. He was traded to the Brewers in July, and helped Milwaukee come within one game of the World Series. Overall, he hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs in 152 games. In '17, Moustakas had a big year, belting a career-high 38 homers while posting a 117 OPS+.

The Phillies are apparently looking for an upgrade at third even if it isn't Machado. In '18, Maikel Franco, who got the lion's share of time at the position, slashed .270/.314/.467 with 22 homers. It was his best season since posting a 130 OPS+ in 80 games during the '15 campaign. But Moustakas' track record is undeniably better; Franco saw his offensive production decline significantly over '16-17, when he slashed .242/.294/.418.

In an article for The Athletic (subscription required) on Sunday, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal mentioned that Moustakas' market also includes the Brewers and Padres.

With top prospect Keston Hiura expected to begin 2019 in the Minors, the Brewers could re-sign Moustakas for the hot corner and use Travis Shaw to fill their short-term need at second base. Shaw, who is typically a third baseman, started 36 games at the keystone after Milwaukee acquired Moustakas in '18.

San Diego, meanwhile, mostly used Christian Villanueva, Cory Spangenberg and Wil Myers at third base in 2018, but none of those players will be back there in '19. Villanueva's contract was sold to Japan's Yomiuri Giants, Spangenberg is now with the Brewers after being designated for assignment and Myers is shifting back to a full-time role in the outfield. Moustakas would represent a major upgrade over the Padres' current hot-corner options, which include Ty France, Greg Garcia and Jason Vosler.

Adding Moustakas would reunite him with former Royals teammate Eric Hosmer, who signed an eight-year, $144 million contract with the Padres last offseason.

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