Rays, Snell Reach Agreement On Five Year Extension

Snell Guaranteed $50MM Over Five Years

The boredom of a mid-March Grapefruit League game was interrupted by Marc Topkins of the Tampa Bay Times who tweeted from the radio booth that the Tampa Bay Rays had reached an agreement with Cy Young Award Winner Blake Snell on a five year/$50MM contract extension.

The deal extends through the 2023 season, which would have been his first year of free agency, and could pay him an additional $2 million in incentives. It is the largest contract in major league history awarded to a pitcher before reaching arbitration.

“Since being drafted in 2011, Blake’s talent and hard work have enabled him to establish himself as one of the most dominant pitchers in the game,” said Rays Principal Owner Stuart Sternberg said in a press release. “We’re looking forward to seeing him take the mound for the Rays for years to come.”

Snell’s contract extension comes a day after the team reached agreement on a 6-year deal with infielder/outfielder Brandon Lowe.

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Snell joins Kevin Kiermaier, Charlie Morton, and Brandon Lowe as players that are under multi-year contracts.

The Rays roster is chuck full of players in their pre-arbitration years including shortstop Willy Adames and pitchers Jose AlvaradoDiego CastilloRyan YarbroughTyler Glasnow, and Yonny Chirinos.  Players such as Tommy Pham and Mike Zunino are in the arbitration process but also could be extended.

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