Brewers Locking Up Young Righty Freddy Peralta to an Extension, More Could Be Coming Around Baseball

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Brewers Locking Up Young Righty Freddy Peralta to an Extension, More Could Be Coming Around Baseball

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The Brewers have locked up young righty Freddy Peralta on a long-term deal two years before he’s even arbitration eligible, so this is a really significant extension.

The deal looks very similar to the one recently signed by the White Sox and lefty Aaron Bummer. Peralta, 23, gets locked in for his five remaining years of team control, and gives up two very affordable option years for his first two would-be free agent years.

If he breaks out, this will be one of those otherworldly steals of a contract. But if he struggles to establish himself, then he guaranteed himself $15.5 million instead of risking being dropped in a year for nothing. He’s had a mixed couple partial years in the big leagues so far, with some really interesting peripherals (but meh results). He he’s so young and apparently was really impressive over the winter, so I’m sure the Brewers were excited to take a chance.

Apparently they’re not alone, either, so stay tuned:

It’s actually been a long time since we’ve seen a wave of *pre-arb* extensions around baseball. They used to be in vogue, but lately teams have been waiting for guys to establish themselves in their arb years to cut deals.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.