Last week, Seattle Mariners young star Julio Rodriguez agreed to a life-changing deal that would net him a minimum of $210 million and would max out, depending on several variables and different scenarios, north of $400 million.
Now, we have confirmation that he is, indeed, part of the Mariners’ plans for a long time, as he was shown on video putting pen to paper to his contract by the Mariners’ official Twitter account.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) September 7, 2022
“The moment it became official,” the account tweeted, with a video of the moment.
This has the potential of being one of the happier marriages in MLB.
It has a club option, a player option, variables, objectives, and a nice financial floor for the talented outfielder.
A Contract Structure Made To Protect Both Sides
The deal is, in essence, a 12-year, $209.3 million commitment, with a $15 million signing bonus and a $17.45 million AAV (average annual salary).
After 2028, Seattle will need to decide whether to opt into six more years of Rodriguez at a salary that will depend on his MVP finishes from 2022-2028.
If Seattle declines that option, the player will have the option to opt into a five-year, $90 million deal.
Both the team and Rodriguez are protected by the deal, and the player will have the chance to earn up to $35 million per year starting in 2030 if he hits specific MVP escalators.
Rodriguez won’t have to worry about finances anymore.
He earned it with his hard work, discipline, work ethic, and talent.
He is the prime candidate to win the AL Rookie of the Year award at this point, as he is slashing .270/.328/.475 with 23 home runs and 24 stolen bases.