Trevor Plouffe's new home: How to live like a king while batting .244

Plouffe's sprawling 4,500 square foot new house features five bedrooms and five baths.

Plouffe's sprawling 4,500 square foot new house features five bedrooms and five baths.

The past six months have been epic for Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe. In July, the 29-year-old Plouffe and his wife Olivia welcomed their first child. Last month, Plouffe signed a one-year, $7.25 million contract. Now we know where a chunk of that cash will be going.

Plouffe, who will become the highest-paid third baseman in franchise history, recently bought an updated ranch-style house in Hidden Hills, California. The sweet pad features a swimming pool, a horse barn, and drought-tolerant gardens. The price: $2.45 million

The house had been up for sale since summertime. Custom brickwork adorns the main entrance. Stained wood beams festoon the great room. The kitchen contains more square footage than the average house in Richfield, with top-of-the-line appliances, granite, and cabinetry.  

A grand master bedroom contains plenty of closet space and is flanked by a bathroom worthy of a slugger just hitting his prime. Four secondary bedrooms complete the sleeping quarters. A fabulous bonus room houses the fireplace, while there's also a private entrance perfect for the kids. 

Despite a less than stellar .244 batting average, Plouffe stroked 22 home runs and knocked in 86 runs last season while putting up an all-time personal best .435 slugging percentage.

He had asked for a salary bump from $4.8 million in 2015 to $7.95 million for this upcoming season. The Twins countered with an offer around $7 million. By agreeing to the new deal, Plouffe receives a 51 percent raise, making him the second-highest-paid position player after Joe Mauer.