Mike Moustakas, center, celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk-off home run to beat the Seattle Mariners in the 13th inning on September 5, 2013. The Royals won 7-6 (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas believes he has put in the work necessary this offseason to help Kansas City reach the playoffs for the first time in nearly 30 years.
Moustakas struggled so mightily last season that he was nearly sent to the minors. His playing time decreased and he became a liability at the plate, even as the Royals contended in September for the first time in a decade.
Moustakas spent his offseason in the Venezuelan winter league, and working with hitting coach Pedro Grifol in Arizona. He says he is confident that the adjustments they've made will allow him to be the productive player that the Royals hoped he will be.