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Seattle Mariners, Julio Rodriguez finalizing long-term extension that could max out at $470 million, sources confirm

The Seattle Mariners and hitter Julio Rodriguez are finalizing a long-term contract extension that could be worth up to an MLB-record $470 million, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Friday.

Sources said the base contract, which covers the 2022 season, is for eight years and $120 million and will run through 2029. Depending on how Rodriguez performs on MVP voting during that timespan, the Mariners may post-season In 2028, one on a 10-year option worth $200 million to $350 million — potentially bringing the total value to that record number.

If they decline the option, Rodriguez could opt for a five-year, $90 million contract the following season or opt for free agency at age 29, sources said.

Rodriguez, 21, made his breakout rookie season a new deal when he became the first rookie in Mariners history to hit 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in the same season, hitting the milestone on Wednesday when he a solo shot in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals. He is the fourth rookie in American League history to achieve the feat since 2000, following Mike Trout (2012), Andrew Benintendi (2017) and Randy Arozarena (2021).

Rodriguez was second to Juan Soto in the home run derby this year while making the AL All-Star team in his debut season. He hits .269 with 64 RBIs and .799 OPS in 108 games for the Mariners, who currently hold the third wildcard spot in the AL.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34464088/seattle-mariners-finalizing-long-term-extension-breakout-rookie-julio-rodriguez-sources-say Seattle Mariners, Julio Rodriguez finalizing long-term extension that could max out at $470 million, sources confirm

Emma Bowman

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