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Sources confirm MLB Pipeline senior writer Jim Callis’ report that the Mariners are finalizing a long term deal with first baseman Evan White.
1B prospect Evan White (No. 58 on @MLBPipeline Top 100) is set to sign long-term deal with @Mariners. Guaranteed $24 mil over first six years, also includes three club options. Should be announced Monday. White hit .293/.350/.488 in Double-A this year, also outstanding defender.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) November 22, 2019
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the deal is believed be a six-year, $24 million contract with three club options. With the options, the contract could max out to over $50 million. No player who has not played above Double-A has ever signed a big league contract.
The Evan White deal with the Mariners can max out in the mid-$50 million range, sources tell ESPN. Barring a disastrous spring training, White is expected to be Seattle’s first baseman on opening day. No reason to keep him in the minor leagues or manipulate his service time.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 22, 2019
White, 23, played the entire season at AA-Arkansas last year and has accumulated a slash of .296/.350/.488/.838 in the three years in the minors since being selected by the Mariners in with the 17th pick of the 2017 draft. He has won numerous awards with his glove in the minors and is regarded by many to be the best defensive first baseman in the minors.
While he was not a September call-up, White was one of the players who was brought to Seattle in the final week …read more
Source:: sports.MyNorthwest.com – Sports