The Seattle Mariners and All-Star rookie outfielder Julio Rodríguez have signed a long-term extension that could be one of the largest contracts in Major League Baseball history. The Mariners announced the deal during Friday night’s game:
The initial warranty is 12 years and $210 million, reports Ken Rosenthal. With the deal starting next season, Rodríguez will get through the 2034 season, as stated in the Mariners announcement. From there, Rosenthal reports a $90 million five-year player option, meaning Rodríguez can convert this into a $300 million 17-year deal.
A guarantee of at least $210 million makes Rodríguez’s extension the largest contract ever for a player with less than two years of major league service. 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 made him one of the best overall prospects in baseball in 2022. In 108 games for Seattle this season, Rodríguez has written a slash of .269/.328/.471 with 20 homeruns and 23 stolen bases. That combination of power and speed recently allowed Rodríguez to become the 12th rookie to ever complete a 20-20 season. Also, he has so far been rated as a defensive asset in the vital midfield position. Rodriguez stands likehonour.
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Before his extension was completed, Rodríguez would be free of agency after the 2027 season. Rodríguez originally signed with the Mariners organization in 2017 as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic. After that, he flourished in the Mariners’ system and made rapid progress. Before being promoted to Seattle, Rodríguez had an OPS of .955 in stretches of three seasons, despite being much younger than his peers in every sport.
Rodríguez has been a vital part of a Mariners team this season that are currently on track for 88 wins and occupying the last wildcard position in the AL. The Mariners have not made it through the postseason since 2001, the longest playoff drought in major North American professional sports.