Mariners sign Crawford to 5-year extension reportedly worth $51M

Posted: 09/04/2022 in MLB
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The Seattle Mariners and shortstop J.P. Crawford agreed to a five-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.

The extension is worth $51 million, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The deal begins in 2022 and runs through the 2026 campaign.

“Seattle is a special place for me, and I can’t wait to be a part of the team that brings a championship here,” Crawford said. “This place is going to be nuts when we do it. We all saw that last year. I’ve said before that I’m here to win, and we’re going to win for a long time. Let’s ride.”

Crawford’s pact also includes a $5-million signing bonus and provides him full no-trade protection in 2022 and limited no-trade protection in subsequent years, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.

The California native previously agreed to a one-year, $4.85-million deal for the 2022 season, which his new pact supersedes, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Crawford has become a mainstay at shortstop for the Mariners since they acquired him from the Philadelphia Phillies in 2018. The 27-year-old owns a .256/.330/.368 slash line with 65 doubles and 124 RBIs in 306 games.

His best work comes on defense, where he’s amassed 14 defensive runs saved over the past two seasons. He also won a Gold Glove in 2020.

“J.P. brings excellent defense at a critical position in addition to solid on-base skills and a penchant for delivering in the big moment,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “He’s an incredibly competitive player who has become an integral part of our team, both on the field and in the clubhouse.”

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