MLB Weekly Digest March 4th Edition

MLB Weekly Digest March 4th Edition

The prior week in MLB was about a marquee player signing an enormous deal, a third baseman signs a new contract, a manager receives an extension and a starting pitcher inks a multi-year extension.

We got him.

Bryce Harper Signs Massive 13-Year Contract with Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies signed outfielder Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330 million contract and the deal will include no opt-outs, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

The deal has a no-trade clause as well, per Passan.

The contract for Harper carries an average annual value of $25.4 million, the 14th highest in major-league history, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

It’s been a long offseason and finally, the marquee player who was available has a new team.

Harper did struggle last season with the Washington Nationals but still had decent numbers.

He compiled a .249 batting average and .889 OPS in 159 games with 34 doubles, 103 runs scored, 34 home runs, 100 RBIs and 13 stolen bases.

One of the first things which stand out about the deal is the length of 13 years. This is a long commitment to one player, and they usually don’t work out.

However, one positive aspect for Harper is he’s still young as he will enter the upcoming season at 26-years old.

The Phillies will have Harper for eight stellar seasons and five average seasons.

The team has signed a premium talent in Harper as he’s a great player, who’s accomplished plenty on the baseball diamond.

The other part about the deal is the $330 million, which is the most given to any player in MLB history.

However, the amount isn’t too bad when it’s stretched out for 13 years. This was important for the Phillies as the length brings down the average annual value.

The team has the flexibility to address a need in the future since Harper is making a little over $25 million per year.

The Phillies weren’t the only team trying to sign Harper as the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers made competitive offers.

The Giants had a 12-year, $310 million offer on the table and were willing to go higher but would have had to increase their offer way over $330 million due to California taxes, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports.

The Dodgers were willing to offer Harper a four-year deal with an average annual value of $45 million per year, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Harper’s previous club the Nationals had offered him a 10-year, $300 million deal, but it wasn’t worth that much. The contract would have deferred about $100 million, and Harper would be receiving payments until he was 60, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Harper chose the team which gave him the most guaranteed money, and he’s fully committed to the Phillies.

The reason for the contract not including an opt-out clause was Harper’s choice, per Morosi.

The signing of Harper caps off a tremendous offseason by the Phillies, per Kyle Glaser of Baseball America.

The goal for Harper this offseason was to sign the most significant contract in MLB history, and the next step is bringing a World Series title to the city of Philadelphia.

Colorado Rockies Sign Third Baseman Nolan Arenado to Eight-Year Contract

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado isn’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future.

Arenado and the Rockies have agreed to an eight-year, $260 million contract. The deal includes an opt-out after three years and a full no-trade clause, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The new contract will start with the 2019 season, replacing the $26 million deal which Arenado and the Rockies agreed upon to avoid arbitration and finishes following the 2026 season.

If Arenado doesn’t exercise his opt-out clause, he’ll become a free agent after his age-35 season.

Arenado will have an average annual value of $32.5 million with this contract.

He becomes the highest-paid position player in MLB history, surpassing Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera’s yearly average cost of $31 million, per Cot’s Contracts.

Arenado will be worth every penny of the new contract as he’s proven to be an elite third baseman over the past several seasons in the majors, per MLB Stats.

He’s coming off a stellar 2018 campaign as he posted a .297 batting average and .935 OPS in 156 games with 104 runs scored, 175 hits, 38 doubles, 110 RBIs and leading the National League with 38 home runs.

He was selected as an All-Star for the fourth consecutive year and finished third in the NL MVP voting.

He has led the NL in home runs in three of the last four seasons and three times within that period tallied at least 130 RBIs.

The third baseman is not only a terrific hitter but a premium defender at third base. He makes difficult plays look extremely easy and it’s not a surprise, he’s won the NL Gold Glove at third base in each of his first six seasons.

Arenado was set to become a free agent at the end of the 2019 season, but the Rockies did the smart thing and locked up their franchise player to a long-term deal.

If you compare Arenado’s deal to Manny Machado’s 10-year, $300 million contract from the San Diego Padres, the Rockies have him at a bargain.

The deal allows Arenado to become a free agent after three years, and it’s possible he will exercise the opportunity to enter free agency.

Arenado would be a free agent after the 2021 season, and this could benefit him greatly.

He’ll be a free agent possibly with a new collective bargaining agreement that helps the players and after both Mike Trout and Mookie Betts who have signed deals which will establish a new baseline for premier players.

The deal is great for the Rockies as they only have one other player in outfielder Charlie Blackmon signed beyond the 2021 season.

The rest of their talented players are in the early phase of beginning arbitration, so it was logical for them to break the bank for Arenado.

Colorado Rockies Extend Manager Bud Black Through 2022

The Colorado Rockies agreed to a three-year contract extension with manager Bud Black yesterday, per a club announcement.

Black has guided the Rockies to postseason appearances in each of the last two years, recording a 178-147 record within that time frame.

The Rockies have been a much better pitching team under Black.

They lowered their staff ERA from 4.91 in 2016 to 4.51 in 2017 and dropped it to 4.33 last year.

Black, a former pitcher in the majors, understands what it takes to become a successful pitcher and has shared his wisdom with the pitchers on their staff.

It’s not easy for a pitcher with half of your games during a season at Coors Field.

Black has done a tremendous job turning the Rockies around, and it’s great the club has rewarded him with a three-year extension.

St. Louis Cardinals Sign Starting Pitcher Miles Mikolas to Four-Year Extension

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed starting pitcher Miles Mikolas to a four-year, $68 million extension, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

The deal includes full no-trade protection but doesn’t contain any opt-outs or options, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

The extension starts in 2020 and continues until 2023, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Mikolas spent 2015-17 pitching in Japan and returned to the majors with the Cardinals last year.

He was outstanding for the club in 2018 as he compiled a 2.83 ERA in 200 2/3 innings pitched with 146 strikeouts, 29 walks issued, 16 home runs surrendered, a 137 ERA+, a 3.28 FIP, a 1.07 WHIP and the led the NL in wins with 18.

The right-hander has been selected as the Cardinals’ Opening Day starter.

Mikolas was dominant last year, as it was unexpected for him to pitch that well for the Cardinals.

The extension is very team-friendly, and he would’ve been a free agent after the 2019 season.

It’s a solid deal for both parties a Mikolas receives financial security and the Cardinals sign a solid starting pitcher to a long-term deal.

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