A Look Back at Last Year’s Extensions

While a few stray free agents remain unsigned, the upcoming baseball news landscape is going to be dominated by new contracts for players already in camp for spring training. Clayton Kershaw, Freddie Freeman, Michael Brantley, and Julio Teheran have kicked off the start of the 2014 extension season, but they won’t be the last players to sign long term deals with their current clubs. Between November of 2012 and June of 2013, 12 players re-signed with their organizations for deals that last at least five years, and if that trend holds, we’re likely to see another wave of long term extensions over the next few months.

What can this year’s crop of potential extendees learn from the players who signed a year ago? Let’s take a look at those 12 deals and see how they’ve worked out for both the team and the player. For reference, all total listed years and dollars are from the point of the signing through the expiration of the extension, and in some cases, include years already covered by a previous contract.

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Dave is a co-founder of USSMariner.com and contributes to the Wall Street Journal.

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  1. rzt101 says:

    Is Paul Goldschmidt’s contract the most valuable multi-year contract in baseball?
    The figures above doesn’t even factor in a $14.5M team option in 2019 when he is just 31. Even if last year was his career and regresses to a 3.5-5 win 1B for the rest of the contract, it is still a great deal. During his arb-eligible years, he will be making 3.1M, 5.9M, and 8.9M.

    An interesting article I would like to read is how much does Goldy’s contract allow Kevin Towers to make terrible moves and still come out in the positive.

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  2. jwise224 says:

    Towers does just enough to keep his job from a team-building standpoint. He’s also the the “right man for the job” from the Arizona FO/Community standpoint. In other words, he clears the bar, because the bar is relatively low.

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