Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez is ‘finalizing contract extension worth as much as $450m’


Seattle Mariners rookie sensation Julio Rodriguez, 21, is ‘finalizing MASSIVE contract extension worth as much as $450m with $200m guaranteed’

  • Mariners rookie sensation Julio Rodriguez is reportedly finalizing a big extension
  • The deal is reportedly worth as much as $450m with $200m guaranteed
  • He recently became the fourth rookie with 20 homers and 20 steals in a season

Seattle Mariners rookie sensation Julio Rodriguez is reportedly finalizing a massive contract extension with $200 million guaranteed, with the possibility of exceeding $450 million in total.

Rodriguez, the 21-year-old known as ‘J-Rod,’ has not officially signed yet, but according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez and ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the deal is nearing completion. The contract is reportedly a 14-year deal. 

The native of the Dominican Republic recently hit his 20th home run on the season to become just the fourth rookie in MLB history with 20 homers and stolen bases in the same season. The others are Mitchell Page (1977 Athletics), Ellis Burks (1987 Red Sox) and Marty Cordova (1995 Twins).

Seattle Mariners rookie sensation Julio Rodriguez is reportedly finalizing a massive contract extension with $200 million guaranteed, with the possibility of exceeding $450 million in total

The native of the Dominican Republic recently hit his 20th home run on the season to become just the fourth rookie in MLB history with 20 homers and stolen bases in the same season. The others are Mitchell Page (1977 Athletics), Ellis Burks (1987 Red Sox) and Marty Cordova (1995 Twins)

Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez walks off the field after an interview following the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Wednesday, July 27

The native of the Dominican Republic recently hit his 20th home run on the season to become just the fourth rookie in MLB history with 20 homers and stolen bases in the same season. The others are Mitchell Page (1977 Athletics), Ellis Burks (1987 Red Sox) and Marty Cordova (1995 Twins)

‘I’m happy about it,’ Rodriguez said. ‘Not a lot of people do it all the time.’

Rodriguez not only leads all rookies in home runs, but also has 23 stolen bases on the year. 

The center fielder is currently hitting .269 on the year with a .328 on-base percentage, but he’s struggled with strikeouts, whiffing 123 times so far this season. 

He was the American League’s Rookie of the Month for May and June, and nearly beat Juan Soto at last month’s Home Run derby during All-Star weekend. 

It’s hard to say exactly where Rodriguez falls among the game’s highest-paid players until the contract is revealed, but if the deal turns out to be worth $450 million, it would rank first in baseball, topping the 12-year, $426 million deal Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout signed in 2019.

Regardless, Rodriguez stands to make an average annual salary of at least $15 million per season for the foreseeable future.

J-Rod, who hails from a tiny Dominican town near the Haitian border, has been one of baseball’s biggest prospects in recent years. 

‘Featuring one of the elite hit tools in the minor leagues, he has never failed to destroy the pitching at every level he has faced,’ read one 2021 article by Baseball Prospectus. ‘The big right-hander’s bat control, plate discipline, and above-average athleticism give his offense arguably as high a ceiling as any prospect in the game. 

Rodriguez, the 21-year-old known as 'J-Rod,' has not officially signed yet, but according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez and ESPN's Jeff Passan, the deal is near completion

Rodriguez, the 21-year-old known as ‘J-Rod,’ has not officially signed yet, but according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez and ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the deal is near completion



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