Wander Franco‘s 12-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Rays that ensures him $182 million and will pay a most of $223 million is stunning in just one regard: that the Rays would make that type of monetary outlay, even to a burgeoning famous person like Franco.
It isn’t simply the biggest contract in Rays historical past, blowing away the six-year, $100 million extension Evan Longoria signed after the 2012 season, however simply the biggest ever given to a participant with lower than one 12 months of service time, topping the eight-year, $100 million contract Ronald Acuna Jr. signed with the Atlanta Braves. If Franco receives the Twelfth-year choice, it turns into the twenty fourth $200 million contract in main league historical past.
This can be a franchise that since in its inception in 1998 has given out a mixed $348 million in free company, in keeping with Cot’s Contracts. Now the Rays are committing greater than half that determine to only one participant. It’s a franchise-altering transfer and exhibits their perception that Franco will proceed to construct on his spectacular rookie efficiency, when he hit .288/.347/.463 as a 20-year-old, together with .338/.393/.541 over his last 33 video games — a part of a stretch wherein he reached base in 43 consecutive video games.