Mariners sign star rookie Julio Rodríguez to long-term contract extension – CBS Sports

Mariners sign star rookie Julio Rodríguez to long-term contract extension - CBS Sports

Julio Rodriguez

The Seattle Mariners and All-Star rookie outfielder Julio Rodríguez signed a long-term extension that could be one of the largest contracts in Major League Baseball history. The Mariners announced the deal on Friday night:

The initial guarantee is 12 years and $210 million, Ken Rosenthal reports. With the deal beginning next season, that puts Rodríguez through the 2034 season, as mentioned in the Mariners’ announcement. From there, Rosenthal reports a five-year, $90 million player option, which means Rodríguez can turn that into a 17-year, $300 million deal.

A guarantee of at least $210 million makes Rodriguez’s extension the largest contract ever for a player with fewer than two years of major league service time. The current largest overall contract in MLB history is the $426.5 million extension Mike Trout signed with the Los Angeles Angels in March 2019.

Rodríguez, 21, has quickly realized the promise that has made him one of the top overall prospects in all of baseball heading into 2022. In 108 games for Seattle this season, Rodríguez has compiled a .269/.328/.471 slash line. with 20 home runs and 23 stolen bases. That combination of power and speed just allowed Rodríguez to become just the 12th rookie ever to achieve a 20-20 season. Also, he is so far graded as a defensive asset at the key position of center field. Rodríguez stands as one of the frontrunners for American League Rookie of the Year honors

Before his extension was finalized, Rodríguez would have been scheduled for free agency after the 2027 season. Rodríguez originally signed with the Mariners organization in 2017 as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic. Later, he thrived in the Mariners’ system and advanced quickly. Before being promoted to Seattle, Rodríguez had a .955 OPS across parts of three seasons despite being much younger than his peer group at every level.

Rodríguez this season has been a vital part of a Mariners team that is currently on pace for 88 wins and occupying the final wild card position in the AL. The Mariners have not made the postseason since 2001, which is the longest playoff drought in major North American professional sports.

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