Michael Harris II had an amazing season for the Atlanta Braves. The centerfielder received Nationwide League Rookie of the yr with a 135 OPS-plus and 19 dwelling runs, and a 5.3 general warfare. The Braves noticed this coming and inked him to an eight-year, $72 million contract this summer time.
Appears beneficiant to supply a rookie a long-term deal just a few months into season, however it actually places them in a candy spot. His contract is, per the collective bargaining settlement, underneath their management for seven years. Harris wouldn’t be arbitration eligible till after his third season, until he certified as a “Tremendous Two” participant after his second. Additionally, the one important cash he has seen as a professional is his $550,000 rookie signing bonus in 2019, so after all, he could be happy with some hundreds of thousands in his pocket so shortly.
The issue with Harris, and lots of different gamers, is that they’re certain to the group that drafted them for seven years. It leaves them no room to maximise their worth so whereas Julio Rodríguez’s contract appears to be like nice, the deal favors the Seattle Mariners. They management all of the choices, and he has to satisfy all of the MVP escalators to get all the cash in a deal that may final by way of 2039.