First off, after the Pirates defeated the Cardinals 4-1 in their season opener, where Polanco went 2-for-3 and scored twice while walking once. Now, later in the day they met with Polanco to discussed an extension to keep the young stud in Pittsburgh for a long time.
Furthermore, the 24-year-old right fielder decided to agree to a five-year deal with two club options, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Also, he will make $35 mil guaranteed that could potentially exceed $60 mil if both options are exercised, according to the famous Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. This deal will take over the rest of his contract renewal and arbitration years. Lastly, if the Pirates pick up both options, he can reach free agency after the 2023 season, where he will be at his age 31 campaign.
Finally, this is a smart move by Neal Huntington, who is the Pirates General Manager. Gregory Polanco is one of the next big stars in the making. He already plays a nice defensive game, which last year he recorded a 6.8 UZR that makes him a plus defender. On the other hand, his offense is on the rise as he improved at a impressive rate by hitting .256 on the season with 9 homers, 52 RBIs, and stealing 27 bases, which he is good at doing like his outfield teammates in Sterling Marte and Andrew McCutchen. I do think Polanco’s power surge will breakout either this season or next season, but the bottom line is that the Pirates keep a homegrown player for many years.