Mariners sign star rookie Julio Rodríguez to long-term contract extension
One of the richest contracts in Major League Baseball history may have been signed by the Seattle Mariners and All-Star rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez.
During the Mariners' game on Friday night, the agreement was disclosed:
According to Ken Rosenthal, the initial guarantee is for 12 years and $210 million. According to the Mariners' release, Rodrguez will be under contract starting with the 2019 season and will remain.
Then, according to Rosenthal, there is a five-year, $90 million player option, which means Rodriguez may extend the contract to 17 years and $300 million.
Rodrguez's agreement is the biggest contract ever for a player with less than two years of major-league service time because it includes a guarantee of at least $210 million.
The $426.5 million extension that Mike Trout signed with the Los Angeles Angels in March 2019 is now the highest overall contract in MLB history.
The 21-year-old Rodriguez has already begun to fulfil the potential that made him one of baseball's top prospects overall heading into 2022.
Rodrguez has produced a slash line of.269/.328/.471 with 20 home runs and 23 stolen bases in 108 games for Seattle this season.