Michael Harris II had a fantastic season for the Atlanta Braves. The centerfielder received Nationwide League Rookie of the yr with a 135 OPS-plus and 19 residence runs, and a 5.three total conflict. The Braves noticed this coming and inked him to an eight-year, $72 million contract this summer time.
Appears beneficiant to supply a rookie a long-term deal just a few months into an excellent season, however it actually places them in a candy spot. His contract is, per the collective bargaining settlement, underneath their management for seven years. Harris wouldn’t be arbitration eligible till after his third season, except he certified as a “Tremendous Two” participant after his second. Additionally, the one vital cash he has seen as a professional is his $550,000 rookie signing bonus in 2019, so after all, he can be glad with some thousands and thousands in his pocket so shortly.
The issue with Harris, and lots of different gamers, is that they’re certain to the group that drafted them for seven years. It leaves them no room to maximise their worth so whereas Julio Rodríguez’s contract seems nice, the deal favors the Seattle Mariners. They management all of the choices, and he has to fulfill all of the MVP escalators to get all the cash in a deal that may final by 2039.