The last week in MLB was about a team in the National League signing a manager to an extension.
A player in the American League signs an extension, and a player undergoes surgery.
Atlanta Braves Extend Manager Brian Snitker through 2023
The Atlanta Braves have signed manager Brian Snitker to contract extension through the 2023 campaign, and there is a club option for 2024, per a team announcement.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 26, 2021
The Braves hired Snitker as their interim manager in 2016 and was their full-time manager before the 2017 MLB season started.
He had several roles within the organization for the past 45 years after joining the club as an undrafted free agent in 1977.
Snitker has had success in his time as the manager of the Braves.
He has accumulated a 353-317 win-loss record as their manager and is the only skipper in the franchise to lead the Braves to the playoffs in three of his first four full seasons.
Snitker was selected as the National League Manager of the Year in 2018.
The Braves have been one of the better clubs in the NL East division since Snitker was their manager, and it was logical for the team to sign him to an extension.
The team has high expectations entering the 2021 season, and Snitker is the right person to lead them.
Kansas City Royals Sign Third Baseman Hunter Dozier to Four-Year Extension
The Kansas City Royals have signed third baseman Hunter Dozier to a four-year, $25-million contract extension.
The extension includes a fifth-year option worth $10 million and potentially buys out two of his free-agent years.
There are escalators and bonuses for a potential maximum value of $49 million, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Dozier’s deal has escalators and bonuses that could max it out at $49 million over the five years. He’s a clear part of a Royals team that’s looking to make noise in a suddenly ascendant AL Central. The excellent @ByRobertMurray first mentioned the sides were talking extension.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 28, 2021
Dozier struggled last year with the Royals as he compiled a .228 batting average and .736 OPS in 44 games with four doubles, two triples, six home runs, and 12 RBIs.
However, he was a solid hitter in the 2019 campaign with the Royals.
The third baseman posted a .279 average and .870 OPS in 139 games with 29 doubles, 26 home runs, 84 RBIs, and led the American League with 10 triples.
The team believes Dozier will be a critical player to help them contend in the future, and the extension is hugely team-friendly.
Minnesota Twins Prospect Royce Lewis Undergoes Surgery for Torn ACL
Minnesota Twins shortstop prospect Royce Lewis underwent surgery for a torn right ACL last week.
Lewis felt soreness in his right knee during spring intake and an MRI revealed a tear in his right knee
The infielder will be sidelined about nine-to-12 months before he can return to action, says Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey, per Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com.
The typical timeline is 9-12 months for a return to full play following an ACL reconstruction, Falvey says.
— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) February 24, 2021
Lewis posted a .236 average and .661 OPS with 26 doubles, four triples, 12 home runs, 49 RBIs, and 22 stolen bases across multiple minor league levels during 2019.
Since there was no minor league baseball last year because of the pandemic and Lewis having surgery, he has lost two years of development.
The Twins are hopeful he has a smooth recovery process as he is one of the best prospects in their minor league system.
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