It may be close to Opening Day, but that doesn’t mean extensions and contracts are still being agreed upon.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Starling Marte’s contract extension with the Pirates has several financial modifications as the deal progresses. All of them look very team-friendly.
2014 – $500,000 salary, $2 million signing bonus
2015 – $1 million salary
2016 – $3 million salary
2017 – $5 million salary
2018 – $7.5 million salary
2019 – $10 million salary
Buyout – $2 million
2020(OPTION) – $12.5 million
2021(OPTION) – $13.5 million
This new contract buys out Marte’s arbitration years, and if the options are picked up, three of his free agency years. He will be 33 at the contract’s end if the full terms are picked up. This new contract ensures that two of the Pirates’ star outfielders will be locked up at least through 2018, as Andrew McCutchen’s contract runs through then.
Last year, in Marte’s first full season in the Majors, he made a definite impact over 135 games, hitting .280/.343/.441 with 12 homers.
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