Marlins and Sandy Alcantara finalize 5-year contract extension

Just half an hour after posting a detailed article urging the Marlins to extend Sand alcantaraCraig Mish announced on Monday morning that they were on the verge of a deal that would keep him in Miami until at least the 2026 season.

It might not be a coincidence that they struck a deal the day after Alcantara enthusiastically posted on Instagram. Plus, it’s the 22nd day of the month, which happens to be his uniform number.

I don’t have much to add beyond what has already been expressed in this article. I’ve called on the All-Star right-hander to make $ 58 million over the next five years (2022-2026), and according to Mish, he’ll settle for a few million dollars less.

Recent deals signed by other starting MLB pitchers suggest that Alcantara could have gone even longer, but assuming no club options are added at the end, he can test the free market at 31 and really cash in.

Without the extension, Alcantara was entering his first year of eligibility for arbitration. It didn’t have the leverage to earn anywhere near its market value, so expect the structure of this deal to be significantly delayed.

Originally acquired from St. Louis during the Marcell Ozuna trade in December 2017, Alcantara may become the first pitcher in history to spend nine major league seasons with the Marlins. A fan base hungry for the roster’s continuity will be thrilled.

From there, most of the Marlins’ off-season activities should be devoted to improving their offense.

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