Since the team’s performance is good, the club seems to be excited. That’s what I didn’t do.
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed the first $100 million contract in club history. The main character who received the gift is full-time 4th year outfielder Brian Reynolds.
ESPN said on the 26th (Korean time), “According to sources, outfielder Brian Reynolds and Pittsburgh have agreed to an eight-year, $106.75 million contract extension.” This is what came out,’ he said.
Previously, Pittsburgh’s largest contract was an eight-year, $70 million contract signed with third baseman Ki Brian Hayes in April last year. As of this day, Pittsburgh is leading the National League Central Division with 16 wins and 7 losses.
EPPS said, ‘Negotiations broke down when Reynolds requested an opt-out during spring training. However, it has borne fruit recently as the club proposed a limited no-trade clause.”
Reynolds, who has been harassing the club for trades all winter, will have the right to refuse trades to six teams he designates each year. Instead, the opt-out clause he wanted was excluded. The contract covers eight years from this year to 2030, with a club option set for 2031. Initially, Reynolds could qualify for free agency after the 2025 season.
ESPN also released contract details. The signing bonus is $2 million, and the annual salary is $6.75 million this year, $10 million next year, $12 million in 2025, $14 million in 2026, and $15 million each from 2027 to 2030. In 2031, Fitzmug has the right to exercise a $20 million option. Option buyout is $2 million.
By signing Reynolds this time, Pittsburgh now has only three clubs left that have not signed a $100 million contract: the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics. In 1998, after the Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent Kevin Brown for 7 years and 105 million dollars, and the first $100 million player was born, Reynolds became the 132nd case in history (including the number of years) in this category.
Reynolds has a batting average of 0.294 (25 hits in 85 at-bats), 5 home runs, 18 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.872 in 22 games this season. Reynolds, who has primarily played center field for the past two years, has been playing more in left field this season. Bae Ji-hwan is playing part-time in center field.
Reynolds, who was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the 2016 draft, became part of the Pittsburgh family through a trade in January 2018. At that time, Pittsburgh sent out lead hitter Andrew McCutchen and received Reynolds and right-hander Kyle Crick. 스포츠토토
Reynolds debuted in the major leagues the following year and immediately became a key outfielder, and from 2021 to 2022, he hit a total of 51 homers and 152 RBIs in two seasons and rose to the top of the field. He signed a two-year, $13.5 million contract in April of last year, which is replaced by this contract.
Meanwhile, ESPN predicted that ‘Pittsburgh will be able to pursue a contract extension with right-handed starting pitcher Mitch Keller to get out of the slump of not winning 70 games in the last four years in a row’.