Well, well, well. From rumor to blammo in just two short days. The Giants signed All-Star shortstop to a six-year deal, buying out his remaining two years of arbitration and extending him well beyond that. The Giants announced the deal, and Ken Rosenthal is reporting the deal is for six years, $75 million, with no option years and a full no-trade clause.
One way to think of this is if Crawford were due about $13 to 15 million over the next two years in arbitration, this is almost like a four-year $60ish million deal at the end of 2017. If he had performed 75 percent as well over the next two years as he did in 2015, that would be a steal. The trade-off is that the Giants are assuming any potential risks or injuries that could have fouled up a deal over the next two years.
Another way to look at it is, hot dog, Brandon Crawford isn't going anywhere.
Considering salary inflation, this seems like a major coup. It's not hard for a starting shortstop to be worth $12.5 million, even as he gets into his mid-30s. Crawford will be 34 when the deal expires, but even if he ages poorly, he should be an excellent value for the Giants until then.
Look at that smile. He's not aging poorly. Just look at it.
According to Baseball-Reference, Crawford is already the third-most valuable shortstop in San Francisco history. This deal figures to keep him around until he's #1. Don't know about you, but I can dig that.
More hot takes and Crawford opinions forthcoming.