The deal is expected to include player and team options and be worth $210 million over 14 years.
It could also potentially exceed $400 million, as reported by Jeff Passan.
Rodriguez is already a favorite for the American League Rookie of the Year Award, having hit 20 homers and driven in 64 runs with a .269 average to date.
Rodriguez could potentially pass the record number of seasons spent with the Mariners.
Edgar Martinez spent 18 seasons with the Mariners.
This new deal could keep Rodriguez in Seattle for even longer.
Edgar Martinez owns the Seattle Mariners record for longest tenure with the organization at 18 seasons.
Julio Rodriguez, a rookie, may have just signed a contract that could keep him in Seattle longer.
— Joe Doyle (@JoeDoyleMiLB) August 26, 2022
J-Rod Could Pass Franchise Legend
Will Julio Rodriguez become the next Edgar Martinez?
That remains to be seen.
But at the very least, he’ll be in Seattle for a long time.
This is a huge commitment by the Mariners, but Rodriguez is the guy that you want to commit to if you’re the Mariners.
This guy is the future of the organization and is set to lead them into a new era, one that consists of winning and success.
It’s certainly a massive contract extension, but the Mariners are clearly banking on this guy to become the next face of the franchise, like Ichiro Suzuki and Edgar Martinez were long before him.
The fact that he could potentially be in Seattle longer than Martinez is insane, considering how long Martinez was there.
Rodriguez could end up being that guy.
That’s at least what the Mariners seem to be hoping for.
It’s what they appear to be banking on.
This is the right guy to lead the Mariners into a new era, and he could end up spending longer in Seattle than Martinez ever did.