With the Reds recent trades of SP Mat Latos and SP Alfredo Simón, it looked like they were in a rebuilding stage. But after the trade for OF Marlon Byrd and now the extension of young talented C Devin Mesoraco, the Reds might be looking to contend in the competitive NL Central. Devin Mesoraco had a 2014 batting slash of .273/.359/.534, which made him worthy of an extension. He also slugged 25 bombs and 80 RBI's as the Reds primary catcher.
The extension is worth a guarantee $28 million over 4 years. Here is the breakdown:
2015: $2.4 million
2016: $4.9 million
2017: $7.2 million
2018: $13 million
- Also included is a $500K signing bonus and $2 million worth of bonuses. The total deal could end up being $30 million if all bonuses are reached.
This extension is huge for the Cincinnati Reds because they have locked up Mesoraco for the next 4 years, keeping him in the heart of the lineup that already includes RF Jay Bruce, 1B Joey Votto, 2B Brandon Phillips, and 3B Todd Frazier. His offense will be key to the Reds contention within their division. Maximum $30 million over 4 years for a high-quality catcher is a good deal in today's market. The Reds clearly will benefit from this extension, signing him to a team-friendly deal as he continues to develop and rack up huge numbers.
In his career, C Devin Mesoraco has compiled 289 games played over 4 years. His .245 career average is pretty low, but his breakout 2014 season was spectacular. His .315 on base percentage and .747 slugging percentage over his career is sub par, but all signs point to an excellent upcoming four years over the duration of the extension. Mesoraco was a 2014 All Star Selection for the All-Star Game in Minnesota, equally deserving of the recognition. He was 8th in home runs in Major League Baseball last year with 25 and also 18th in Runs Batted In (RBI) with 80. Devin Mesoraco, although young, is deserving of this extension and all eyes will be on him to see if he can live up to his high expectations.
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