The Rays and 20-year-old shortstop Wander Franco have agreed to the longest contract extension for someone with less than a year of service time, according to multiple reports. The deal guarantees that Franco will make $185 million over the next 11 seasons, with a club option for year 12 that would make the deal worth $223 million, ESPN reported.
Franco batted .288 in 70 games with the Rays with a 129 OPS+ to finish third in the Rookie of the Year voting behind teammate Randy Arozarena and Astros starter Luis Garcia. Franco put together an on-base streak of 43 games, which matched Frank Robinson’s run with the 1956 Reds for the longest streak by a player 20 or younger.
Franco’s excellent play continued in the postseason, as he batted .368 with two homers in the Rays’ ALDS loss in four games to the Red Sox.
The Tampa Bay Times first reported the Rays and Franco were nearing the deal Tuesday.
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