Tuesday, May 21, 2013
More extensions for pre-arb players?
By Jason A. Churchill
Anthony Rizzo, who began the season with less than a year of big-league service time, received a long-term contract from the Chicago Cubs last week, reported Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Clubs are flocking to the negotiating table to lock up their young players these days, so despite such a deal being unique, perhaps Rizzo's deal is just the start.
Other candidates for a similar deal -- not necessarily in terms of dollars, but with a long-term commitment -- could include Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura, who is off to a terrific start in 2013, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, Kansas City Royals centerfielder Lorenzo Cain and Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout, who is earning $510,000 this season despite his historical campaign a year ago as a rookie, a salary with which his agent was none too pleased.
Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons could be another candidate. Although his performance at the plate so far in 2013 has been sub par, Simmons is known as an elite defender at a premium position, which might make him worth locking up.
ESPN Insider Keith Law has more on Simmons' value and what he brings to the Braves:
Keith LawGlove love for Simmons
"Simmons has little power and doesn't walk much, but he does make a lot of hard contact, enough that in some years he'll hit close to .300 and keep his OBP respectable, and in others he'll hit an empty .260 or so but still be very valuable, worth more than a win above replacement just from his glove and arm each year. "