MLBTR’s Steve Adams has particulars on the extension the Mariners signed reliever Andres Munoz to final offseason. On the time, the contract was recognized to have 4 years and $7.5MM assured, with three membership choices out there to Seattle. Adams reviews that Munoz obtained a $750K signing bonus along with a $750K wage in 2022.
Going ahead, Munoz will obtain base salaries of $1.5MM, $2MM and $2.5MM from 2023-25, years he in any other case would have been eligible for arbitration. Seattle’s membership choices cowl what would have been Munoz’s first three free agent years, with the choices beginning at $6MM in 2026 earlier than rising to $8MM in 2027 and at last $10MM in 2028. These choice years will be boosted by as much as $1MM via escalators primarily based on video games completed the earlier season. Ending 20, 30, 40, and 45 video games between 2025-27 would every escalate the next season’s membership choice by $250K. Hitting those self same benchmarks through the 2026-28 campaigns would set off an additional $500K apiece in incentives throughout that season. Not one of the choices comes with a buyout.
Seattle’s confidence in Munoz was rewarded this season, because the righty was among the many greatest relievers within the sport this season. In 65 common season innings this yr, Munoz posted a improbable 2.49 ERA and an much more spectacular 2.04 FIP whereas racking up 96 strikeouts earlier than showing in all 5 of Seattle’s video games this postseason. Averaging 100 mph on his fastball, Munoz is a flamethrower who combines his 52.6% groundball price (lower than a proportion level behind the likes of Sandy Alcanatara) with the sixth highest strikeout price within the majors this yr. Among the many 5 pitchers above him, solely Jacob deGrom has a decrease stroll price, and Munoz ranks third in all of baseball to solely deGrom and Edwin Diaz in Okay/BB.
Munoz did all this whereas enjoying via damage, as president of baseball ops Jerry Dipoto introduced yesterday that Munoz would endure surgical procedure on his foot this offseason. Whereas no specifics have been offered on the surgical procedure, the expectation seems to be that Munoz will likely be prepared for spring coaching subsequent yr.
Given Munoz’s elite stuff and outcomes, the contract now appears to be like like stellar worth for the Mariners. On the time he signed the deal, Munoz was comparatively new to the group. He’d undergone Tommy John surgical procedure in early 2020, and he was rehabbing from that when the M’s acquired him from the Padres on the 2020 commerce deadline. He missed virtually all of 2021, making only one look on the finish of the marketing campaign. Nonetheless, Seattle supplied him some monetary safety final winter, taking the prospect he’d escape after the prolonged layoff. He’s finished precisely that, and the group’s reward for rolling the cube on Munoz is one other six seasons of inexpensive management over a 23 yr outdated reduction ace.