The San Francisco Giants locked up a core member of their lineup on Tuesday by inking 2015 All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford to a six-year contract extension. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported that the deal, which will keep Crawford under contract through the 2021 season, is worth $75 million in its entirety. It adds four years of team control to the end of Crawford’s rookie contract, but also avoids his last two years of arbitration.
That’s a win for the Giants, who despite their relatively large payroll, couldn’t have been too excited about having to negotiate major salary raises with a player who seems to improve each year he stays in the league.
San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Henry Schulman has a more detailed breakdown of the extension:
Crawford gets $1.2m bonus, $5.8m in ’16, $8m in ’17 then $15m in each of the four FA years. #sfgiants
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) November 18, 2015
The UCLA product had the best season of his career in 2015, slashing .256/.321/.462 with a 117 wRC+ in 143 games. He also amassed 4.7 wins above replacement per FanGraphs, which is by far his highest single-season total in the league. In addition to being named to his first All-Star game, Crawford also took home Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards after his breakout year. While many were surprised that Crawford beat out Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons for the Gold Glove, they also expect him to dominate the award for several years to come now that Simmons has been traded to the Los Angeles Angels of the American League.
The news of the extension comes as no surprise, as San Francisco’s front office had made it no secret that they wanted to lock up their starting shortstop for the long haul. Crawford, for his part, is already a two-time World Series Champion with the Giants as well as a Bay Area native with a young family, so it makes sense that he would so quickly agree to a fairly team-freindly deal.