San Francisco Giants Sign Brandon Crawford To New Six-Year Deal
This past 2015 season was a banner year for San Francisco Giants starting shortstop Brandon Crawford, who today was rewarded with a new six-year contract worth a reported $75 million. An official announcement is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18th.
It was a year of “first” for Crawford, who established himself as one of the games best all-around shortstops, a combination of stout defense and power-hitting. Not only did he have career high-marks in BA (.256), R’s (65), H’s (130), 2B’s (33), HR’s (21), RBI’s (84), SLG (.462), and OPS (.782), Crawford made his first NL All-Star team, and just this past week, won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. All of this assuredly caught the interest of the Giants front office, who acted swiftly in locking up their 28-year old shortstop.
Details of the contract are started to emerge. Crawford will make a reported $6 million in 2016 ($1.2 million of that is a signing bonus), $8.2 million in 2017, and $15.2 million each of the next four-years through the 2021 season. The first two-years of the contract buy out the last two-years of Crawford’s arbitration eligibility, and the next four cover his first years of free agency. The contract also includes a full no-trade clause.
Crawford has been an integral part of the Giants last two World Series championship teams. Those teams were lead by a core of home-grown talent that has been so successful for the Giants in these recent World Series title runs. Crawford was an important player of that core and one that the Giants were very much interested in locking up for the foreseeable future. And if the trade late week involving rival shortstop and defensive standout Andrelton Simmons going to the Los Angeles Angels from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for the Angels two best pitching prospects and starting shortstop Erick Aybar, good defensive-minded shortstops are at a premium. The Giants recognized that they have one of the games best, a player who is not only defensive-minded but an above-average hitter with home run power, making this signing a no-brainer for them.
A Bay-Area native and life-long Giants fans growing up, Crawford was a 4th-round draft pick of the Giants in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft out of UCLA.