Shortstop Bobby Witt Jr and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a historic contract extension that will keep Witt Jr in Kansas City through the 2037 season.

The deal is an 11-year pact for $288.7 million and includes a three-year, $89 million team option that would bring the total deal to 14 years, $377 million. There are opt-outs after the seventh, eighth, ninth, and 10th years of the deal.

Witt made his major league debut in 2022, and since then has established himself as the franchise player in Kansas City. Last season, Witt hit .276 with a .319 OBP, .495 SLG, .813 OPS, 120 OPS+, 30 homers and 96 RBI.

Witt is one of the fastest players in baseball if not the fastest, and proved so by joining the 30-30 (homers/stolen bases) club for the first time in 2023, as well as being the American League triples leader in 2023.

Drafted in 2019 with the second overall pick out of Colleyville, Texas, Witt has now earned the largest contract in the history of the Kansas City Royals franchise.

 

(Featured image via AP Photo/Steve Neisus)

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