PASSAN: Twins, Sano in Agreement on 3-Year Contract Extension
Image courtesy of © Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY SportsHere's the full Tweet from Passan, who broke the news:
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic provides the specifics:
I believe Rosenthal meant to say the fourth year is a $14 million club option with a $3 million buyout. At least that's how the math works out to be $30 million guaranteed.
This is the third major extension for the Twins in the past calendar year. Last February, Max Kepler signed a deal that guaranteed him $35 million over five years with an option for a sixth and Jorge Polanco inked a deal that secured him $25.75 million over five years with two additional option years.
The news of arbitration signings had been slow to come through today, and when all was said and done the Twins were left without agreements with two players: Sano and Jose Berrios. One of those boxes has been checked.
Sano entered last season on the Injured List thanks to a freak injury, but ended the year posting carrer-high numbers across the board. In just 105 games, Sano hit 34 homes, drove in 79 runs and scored 76, posting a .247/.346/.576 slash line (.923 OPS).
This move gives the Twins the opportunity to secures Sano's services through his age-31 season. Yes, even though it feels like he's been around forever, Sano doesn't turn 27-years-old until this May.
This would have been pretty difficult to believe a year ago.
Sano had a titanium rod inserted into his left shin to support the bone during the 2017 offseason, then had a dreadful 2018. He hit .199/.281/.398 (.679 OPS) and struck out 115 times in 299 plate appearances (38.5 K%).
In addition to the impressive 2019 traditional stats listed above, Sano also led the league in hard hit rate (57.2%) and ranked second in average exit velocity (94.4 mph). But even his 2019 season wasn't without some doubts sprinkled in.
Sano got off to a hot start once he returned to the team in mid-May, but he went through a 30-game stretch from early June through mid-July where he struck out in 49 of his 118 plate appearances (41.5%). While there's always going to be a lot of swing and miss in the Dominican slugger's game, Sano scaled that rate back to 34.1% from there forward, a stretch of 60 games, and had an impressive .968 OPS over that span.
It's been a journey. Sano's .498 slugging percentage currently ranks fourth in franchise history behind only Harmon Killebrew (.514), Goose Goslin and Roy Sievers, the last two of which played only for the Washington Senators. Sano has also already hit the 18th-most home runs in franchise history at 118.
Sano was projected to make $5.9 million this upcoming season, his second time through the arbitration process. Specific details have yet to be reported, but while we wait, here's a video of every bomba Sano hit last season.
Also, here's a prediction on how the deal may be structured from Seth:
UPDATE: This Seth guy seems to know what he's talking about!
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