After losing Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain to free agency over the winter, the Kansas City Royals appear to be close to getting one of their core players back. The team is reportedly working on a short-term deal with third baseman Mike Moustakas. Moustakas was undoubtedly hoping for a large payday this offseason after setting a Royals franchise record with 38 home runs in 2017. He hit .272/.314/.521 (116 OPS+) overall. Moustakas, like many other free agents, got caught up in a slower-than-expected offseason. A one-year contract would allow Moustakas to give free agency another shot next winter, when he wouldn't be attached to draft pick compensation -- Moustakas rejected the qualifying offer this offseason and is thus ineligible to receive one in the future -- and teams may be more willing to spend. It's certainly better than remaining unemployed.