Cleveland Guardians fans were jumping for joy when the team signed franchise cornerstone Jose Ramirez to a five-year contract extension on Thursday. Well, the good news keeps on rolling in as the team has also locked down speedy outfielder Myles Straw with a five-year extension of his own.
Straw's deal is worth $25 million and includes an $8 million team option in 2027 as well as an $8.5 million team option in 2028. The 27-year-old was acquired from the Houston Astros prior to the trade deadline in 2021 and has become the team's go-to leadoff hitter atop the everyday lineup.
This may have been an unexpected move, but it definitely wasn't done without reason. Straw ended the 2021 season with a respectable .271/.349/.348 slash line and 30 stolen bases. He also scored 86 runs, smacked 4 home runs and tallied 48 RBI across a total of 638 plate appearances.
Keep in mind Straw has also developed into a strong fielder out in center. He finished second among all major league outfielders in putouts last season (394) and ranked in the 98th percentile in the American League when it came to Outs Above Average. That is about as good as it gets.
Straw joins Ramirez and closer Emmanuel Clase as the three players to ink a long-term deal with Cleveland in the last week. It is clear that the Guardians have their eyes set on a quick rebuild. For now, they have +9000 odds to win the 2022 World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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