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Friday, April 02, 2021

Los Angeles Angels, David Fletcher agree to five-year, $26 million extension

The Los Angeles Angels and second baseman David Fletcher have agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $26 million, the team announced hours before its season opener on Thursday.

Fletcher’s deal includes two club options, giving the Angels an opportunity to buy out as many as three free-agent years. Angels general manager Perry Minasian said extending Fletcher was “a priority for us all spring training,” but the two sides set a deadline of Opening Day.

“It went down to the deadline, but we were able to get this thing done,” Minasian said. “We’re pumped.”

Fletcher, 26, has batted .292/.346/.386 with 77 extra-base hits in 283 games from 2018 to 2020, producing 6.7 FanGraphs wins above replacement. He’s listed at only 5-foot-9 and doesn’t hit for much power. But the Angels value his ability to consistently put the ball in play—Fletcher has struck out only 123 times in 1,190 career plate appearances—and provide above-average defense at three infield positions.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 02, 2021 at 09:18 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hombre Brotani Posted: April 02, 2021 at 01:51 PM (#6011247)
A bargain. Fletcher isn't a star, but he's going to get close.
   2. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: April 02, 2021 at 04:00 PM (#6011290)
YES!!!!! I'm so excited about this.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: April 04, 2021 at 02:30 AM (#6011510)
Based on the wording, sounds like it includes this year. I don't think he was super 2 this year so this gives him $2 M this year (always nice), $16 M across his 3 arb years, then the bargain $6.5 M first FA year and 2/$16.5 in options. Hard to argue with. The arb years look to be full price or even a bit high but the FAs are big bargains. He seems pretty similar to Kolten Wong, maybe a bit better if he can really handle SS (Rfield says yes). Wong also seems to have gotten $25 in his buyout but with more expensive (unexercised) option and he signed for 2/$18 this offseason. Should all work out about the same and Wong's deal was signed 5 years ago.

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