First thing early this morning, this tweet came along:
1B prospect Evan White (No. 58 on @MLBPipeline Top 100) is set to sign long-term deal with @Mariners. Guaranteed $24 mil over first six years, also includes three club options. Should be announced Monday. White hit .293/.350/.488 in Double-A this year, also outstanding defender.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) November 22, 2019
Followed by this one:
The Mariners and first-base prospect Evan White are in agreement on a six-year, $24 million contract with three club options, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.
White, 23, spent last season at Double-A. No player at that level ever has received a long-term extension.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 22, 2019
That last part of Passan’s tweet is what will catch most everyone’s attention, I’m sure. So, we’ve got an unprecedented early contract extension that is fairly large for a player who has no MLB service time yet. This is very interesting! What does it mean? Why did they do it? We’ll find out more soon, I’m sure, and we’ll keep you updated.
At first blush, this seems like a way to avoid the service time manipulation song and dance that MLB…