Julio Rodriguez signs 14-year extension with Seattle Mariners

The 21-year-old could earn up to $450 million if he qualifies for certain contract incentives.

SEATTLE — Julio Rodriguez reportedly finalized a $200 million contract extension with the Seattle Mariners Friday morning as the team shapes its future around its star midfielder.

MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reported that Rodriguez’s extension will be for him 14 years and $210 million guaranteed. The 21-year-old could earn up to $450 million if he qualifies for certain contract incentives, Sanchez tweeted.

Rodriguez’s contract tenure puts him in Major League Baseball (MLB) history. The last time a player signed a contract of 14 years or more was Fernando Tatis in February 2021.

Rodriguez totaled 20 home runs, 64 runs batted in, 64 runs and 23 stolen bases along with a .269 batting average in his outstanding rookie MLB season. According to Baseball Reference, he has 4.3 wins over backup for the Mariners, the 10th-highest mark in the American League.

For his efforts, Rodriguez became one of the righteous 14 position players under the age of 22 were named to the All-Star team in their rookie seasons. This list is littered with current and future Hall of Famers like Albert Pujols, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Tim Raines, Johnny Bench and Rod Carew.

In his first home run derby, Rodriguez feuded with Juan Soto, arguably the best hitter in Major League Baseball. He finished as the first player ever to hit multiple 30-hour rounds in a single derby. The rising superstar surpassed Ken Griffey Jr.’s all-time mark (59) in the Home Run Derby even before the finals kicked off.

Rodríguez finished his first derby with 81 home runs. Soto, the eventual winner, had 53 home runs.

That’s when the star of Rodriguez was born.

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The rising superstar was instrumental in bringing the Mariners to the brink of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. In May, the Mariners nearly equaled a franchise record with 14 straight wins.

According to ESPN.com, Seattle has a 91.3% chance of claiming one of six playoff spots in the American League.

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