San Francisco Giants sign Brandon Crawford to a six-year extension through 2021
Just days after winning both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award, San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford’s week just got that much better. After recent reports of San Francisco and Crawford mutually wanting to agree on a long-term contract, the Giants officially announced Tuesday afternoon that an agreement has been made.
The deal will be cover his final two arbitration years (2015-2016) as well as four more years (2017-2021). According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the deal is guaranteed 6-year/$75 million guaranteed contract with a full no-trade clause.
Crawford enjoyed one of the better overall performances by a National League shortstop in recent years. After earning himself a spot on his first 2015 All Star team, BCraw went on to hit career highs in almost ever category, including home runs (21), RBIs (84), batting average (.256), slugging percentage (.462), doubles (33), hits (130), and runs scored (65). As for the defensive end, Crawford led all MLB shortstops in Defensive Index with a score of 16.1, while he also was second among shortstops in defensive WAR (2.9).
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With an average of $12.5 million guaranteed, Crawford will become tied for the fourth-highest paid shortstops in the MLB, behind only Elvis Andrus, Troy Tulowitzki, and Jose Reyes.
With this latest news, San Francisco now has their ace Madison Bumgarner, MVP Buster Posey, heart and soul Hunter Pence, and now their Gold Glover Crawford all signed (or at least has a club option) through the 2018 season.
It is safe to say that VP Brian Sabean and GM Bobby Evans have absolute faith in their core players, and locking these stars up absolutely will save them a whole lot of money in the future.
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