The leader of the team, Rizzo is already serving an extension – a cheap one at that. One of the most reliable players in baseball, it’ll be hard to see the slugger go after all he’s done.
Pros: As previously mentioned, Rizzo is the leader of the team. Making sure he’s locked up throughout the rest of his prime would be wise, and of course he’ll be worth it.
Cons: Perhaps the least likely to even get an extension, let alone the first, Rizzo is on a very team-friendly extension already. Loyalty aside, Rizzo deserves to be paid big bucks and he’ll probably wait until he’s a free agent to get it.
Taking all this information into account, in this writer’s opinion Contreras will get the first extension. His will probably be one of the cheapest and he’s already one of the best defensive catchers in baseball. Maybe a deal like Rizzo’s seven-year, $41 million? That would cover all of his arbitration years and his first two free agent years after that.
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