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Largest extensions in MLB history

Largest extensions in MLB history

Another year, another historic contract extension …

Fernando Tatis Jr. and the San Diego Padres shook the baseball world on Wednesday, reaching an agreement to extend the Dominican’s contract for 14 years and $ 340 million, a source assured Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. It’s the third year in a row that an extension has made headlines, following Mookie Betts and the 12-year-old Dodgers last spring and Mike Trout and the 10-year-old Angels in 2019. Both Betts and Trout could have declared agents. free after the 2020 season, which gave them a lot of power when negotiating. The Padres, meanwhile, decided they needed to ensure their 22-year-old superstar stayed in San Diego for a long, long time.

Betts’ extension is the largest a player has been given in terms of new money added to the player’s current contract, while Tatis Jr.’s is the longest in terms of years. Here, we take a look at the 10 biggest contract extensions in Major League history.

1) Mookie Betts, Dodgers – 12 years, $ 365 million

Signed in 2020, ends in 2032

The Red Sox traded Betts and left-hander David Price to the Dodgers in a mega-trade after the 2019 season, largely because many expected the former AL MVP to test the market after the 2020 season ended and challenge the recent free agency standards set by Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. But the Los Angeles board was able to strike a historic deal with Betts, who responded immediately by finishing second in the NL MVP voting and guiding the Dodgers to their first championship since 1988.

2) Mike Trout, Angels – 10 years, $ 360 million

Signed in 2019, ends in 2030

The Angels made sure that the best player in all of baseball – with a career that is sure to end in the Hall of Fame – stayed in Orange County for a long time. This contract was added to the two years and US $ 66.5 million that still remained in the old agreement that Trout had signed in 2014, making it a new 12-year, US $ 426.5 million agreement, the most expensive in the history of the sport. professional from the United States at the time. Trout immediately responded to the Angels’ faith in 2019 by hitting a career-high 45 home runs and leading the AL in on-base, slugging and OPS percentage to earn his third AL MVP award.

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3) Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres – 14 years old, US $ 340 million (source)

Agreed in 2021, ends in 2034

After a brief but promising rookie season in 2019, Tatis cemented his rising superstar status with an electrifying performance in the 2020 campaign, hitting .277 / .366 / .571 with 17 home runs in 224 at-bats and finishing fourth in voting. for JMV de la Nacional. His actions were one of the biggest reasons the Padres snapped their 14-season streak without going to the playoffs. Then Tatis continued to shine in October by becoming the third-youngest player in history with two or more home runs in a postseason game. At the end of 2020, Tatis’ 39 homers were the most for a starting shortstop before the first 150 games of his career since 1900, and he had only played 143 by that time. Now, Tatis is the face of the new Padres, who will attempt to topple Betts and the Dodgers in the battle for supremacy in the NL West.

4) Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins – 13 years, $ 325 million

Signed in 2014, ends in 2028

Baseball had not seen this type of contract – both in terms of duration and total value – before Stanton signed this extension after the 2014 season. However, Stanton will spend the majority of said contract with the Yankees and will not with the Marlins. The gunner played the first three seasons of the contract with Miami, before the team sent him to New York in December 2017, shortly after he was recognized as the Most Valuable Player of the National League. Stanton chose not to exercise the option that allowed him to leave the contract after the 2020 season, which means that he will remain in the Bronx after several seasons in which he has been hindered by various injuries.

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5) Miguel Cabrera, Tigres – 8 years, $ 248 million

Signed in 2014, ends in 2023

In a sense, history repeated itself here, as Dave Dombrowski – the same general manager who granted Cabrera an eight-year, $ 152.3 million extension after acquiring the Venezuelan in a 2007 trade – made sure that the slugger would remain in Detroit on an eight-year contract. That extension was added to the two years and US $ 44 million that remained in the previous deal for Cabrera, who briefly became the player with the highest annual salary in history with US $ 31 million. Cabrera earned the enormous extension, as he had just been recognized as the AL MVP in back-to-back seasons (including a Triple Crown hitting in 2012), but injuries have robbed him of playing time in the second half of the season. covenant.

6) Nolan Arenado, Rockies – 7 years, $ 234 million

Signed in 2019, ends in 2026

Arenado agreed what by then represented a record one year and $ 26 million with Colorado to avoid salary arbitration, but reached an agreement on a contract extension a month later. In addition to that year, the pact gave Arenado a total of $ 260 million through 2026. Arenado will not terminate his contract in Colorado, after being traded to the Cardinals before the 2021 campaign.

7) Joey Votto. Reds – 10 years, $ 225 million

Signed in 2012, ends in 2023

Votto won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2010 and the Reds signed him for three seasons to avoid arbitration. But eventually, Cincinnati rewarded its star player in a big way. Votto has led the Old Circuit in his specialty, on-base percentage, five times more after signing the extension.

8) Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers – 7 years, $ 215 million

Signed in 2014 and then another extension in 2018

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The reason for giving Kershaw a massive contract extension doesn’t require much explanation. The left-hander had already won two National League Cy Young Awards at age 25 and finished second in another season, improving his ERA in each of his seasons since his debut – a trend that would continue into 2017. The Dodgers immediately looked good to Kershaw winning his third Cy Young and MVP award after signing in January 2014, with a 21-3 record, 1.77 ERA and 239 strikeouts. Finally, he and Los Angeles won the long-awaited 2020 champion.

9) Derek Jeter, Yankees – 10 years, $ 189 million

Signed in 2001, ended in 2010

It was the culmination of a lengthy negotiation between Jeter and the Yankees that spanned 13 months. By then, he was second only to Alex Rodriguez’s $ 252 million deal with the Rangers as the richest deal in baseball history. After signing in February, Jeter led the Yankees to their fourth straight World Series (earning the nickname Mr. November) and continued his career as one of the most beloved players in the Bronx. He was selected to the Hall of Fame with 99.7% of the votes of the Baseball Writers Association of North America.

10) Christian Yelich, Brewers – 7 years, $ 188.5 million

Signed in 2020, ends in 2028

The Brewers awarded the new face of their franchise $ 200 million by including the $ 28.5 million left over from their previous deal. After coming to Milwaukee in a trade with Miami, Yelich became one of the best players in the sport. He took off in the second half of 2018, finishing close to winning the NL Triple Crown hitting .326 with 36 home runs and taking MVP. Then he was even better in 2019, but a knee injury saw him finish in second place in the MVP, which ended up with Cody Bellinger. Milwaukee had many reasons to retain Yelich for the long haul. (GG) (MLB in Spanish)

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