Witt, who emerged as a great shortstop two years after his debut, is the highest player in the team’s history.
The Kansas City Royals of MLB signed the largest contract in club history to retain a future superstar for a long period of time.
Sports media ESPN reported on the 6th (Korean time) that Kansas City signed an 11-year contract worth $288.8 million (about 385.6 billion won) with shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. (23).
After completing the 7th year of his contract, Witt Jr. declared to opt out every year and included the option to change teams. 카지노사이트킹
On the other hand, Kansas City added a club option to add a 3-year contract for $89 million even if the 11-year contract is completed.
In this case, Witt Jr.’s contract size increases to $377.8 million (about 504.6 billion won) over 14 years.
Witt Jr., the son of Bobby Witt, who was a major league pitcher from 1986 to 2001, was recognized for his talent even as an amateur, enough to be selected by Kansas City as the second overall pick in the first round in the 2019 rookie draft.
Witt Jr., who debuted in the big leagues in 2022 after a short minor league career, established himself as the starting shortstop with a batting average of 0.254, 20 home runs, 80 RBI, and 30 stolen bases in his first season.
Last year, he batted .276, 30 home runs, 96 RBI, and 49 stolen bases in 158 games, joining the ’30-30 club’ just two years after his debut.
Kansas City offered a very large contract to retain Witt Jr. as he quickly grew into a major league shortstop.
Bobby Witt Jr. said through the club immediately after signing the contract, “I am sincerely grateful to the club owner and front office staff for believing in me, and I will do my best to regain the championship.”