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Friday, April 08, 2022

Seattle Mariners, SS J.P. Crawford agree to five-year, $51M contract, sources say

Shortstop J.P. Crawford and Seattle are in agreement on a five-year, $51 million contract, tying a vital member of the ascendant Mariners to the organization through his prime years, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN.

Crawford, 27, has emerged as one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball and a fixture in the leadoff spot for the Mariners, who narrowly missed the postseason last year and expect to contend in the American League West for the foreseeable future.

Since acquiring him in 2019 from the Philadelphia Phillies, where Crawford broke in as a highly touted prospect, Seattle has regarded him as its shortstop of the future. The commitment in the deal, which runs through 2026, speaks to that.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2022 at 10:17 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: April 08, 2022 at 03:53 PM (#6070889)
Seems it includes this year ("runs through 2026") in which he was making $4.5 so a 4/$46 extension, covering 2 arb and 2 FA years. He's been solid the last three years (7 WAR, 2.6 WAA, still 1 oWAA if you ignore Rfield which is not outrageous anyway). Runs through age 31. Seems about right. He's turned out better than I would have guessed, moving from a 220 to a 260 hitter which is nice to see these days.
   2. bookbook Posted: April 08, 2022 at 08:23 PM (#6070917)
Crawford is more valuable to Seattle than to almost any other team. (They need his leadership and enthusiasm for their developing young core.)

To my mind this is a good deal for the Mariners.

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