Lock Up Your Center Fielders And Other MLBullets

The latest from around MLB...

  • This weekend, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Diego Padres bought themselves some security, locking up young center fielders Andrew McCutchen and Cameron Maybin, respectively, to long-term deals. McCutchen, 25, gets six years and $51 million (plus a club option at the end for $14.75 million), which buys out his final pre-arbitration year, his three arbitration years, and his first two free agent years. Maybin, 24, gets five years and $25 million (plus a club option at the end for $9 million), which buys out his final pre-arbitration year, his three arbitration years, and a year of free agency. Both deals are being hailed by FanGraphs as good moves for the teams involved, assuming the players continue along the tracks they've laid and stay healthy. That's the thing with these long-term, pre-arb extensions for young stars: the team gets a theoretical discount in exchange for guaranteeing a large chunk of dollars up front. The player gets life-changing money and security in exchange for giving up the hope of mega dollars.

Brett Taylor is the Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and a Contributor here at Bleed Cubbie Blue.

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