Gregory Polanco, Pirates agree to five-year extension

According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo, the Pirates and Gregory Polanco have agreed to a five-year extension worth over $30 million. The deal will include two club options and could reach $60 million if they are exercised, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Polanco originally rejected an extension worth $25 million before his debut in June of 2014.

Polanco, 24, now has two seasons under his belt and has struggled to adjust consistently. In 964 plate appearances he is slashing .249/.316/.369 with a 2.6 fWAR and 16 home runs. ZIPS projects Polanco to slash .254/.317/.389 with 25 stolen bases and a 2.2 fWAR. If Polanco can improve close to 10 percent at the plate the contract will be a steal.

The Pirates defeated the Cardinals Sunday afternoon to open the regular season. Polanco went two for three with two runs scored and a walk. Small market clubs like Pittsburgh help themselves in the long run by giving out these low risk contracts with high yield. We’ll see if this one pays off.

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