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HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 16: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros looks on during Game 3 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Loren Elliott/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 16: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros looks on during Game 3 of the ALCS against the Boston Red Sox at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Loren Elliott/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /
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MILWUAKEE, WI – OCTOBER 20: Mike Moustakas #18 of the Milwaukee Brewers singles in the second inning of Game 7 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park on Saturday, October, 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/MLB Photos via Getty Images) /

Third Base

Mike Moustakas has been down this free agent road before. He hopes his second experience is better than his first.

As a 2017-18 free agent, Moustakas turned down a $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Royals, sat unclaimed on the market well into March, and then finally re-signed with the Royals for one-third of what he had been offered a few months before.

This second time around, Moustakas hopes the market for third base talent has softened. Although 2018 was not a great year by his personal standards, it was a competent one. He hit .251 in combined play for the Royals and Brewers, with a .315 on base average, 28 home runs and 95 RBIs.

While it would be a stretch to characterize Moustakas as a key player in the Brewers’ post-season run, he did do his part, including a .364 average in the NLDS victory over the Colorado Rockies. Things went rougher, though, in the NLCS, when the Dodgers held him to just four hits and one RBI in 29 at bats.

Moustakas is 30, and is likely to seek what he sought last winter, a big-money, multi-year deal. If teams remain wary, the alternative may be Josh Donaldson, who is two years older and more injury-prone.