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Michael Harris II had a great season for the Atlanta Braves. The midfielder won National League Rookie of the Year with 135 OPS plus and 19 home runs and a 5.3 overall war. The Braves saw this coming and signed him to an eight-year, $72 million contract this summer.
Seems generous to offer a long-term deal to a rookie a few months into a good season, but it really puts him in a good position. According to the collective agreement, his contract is under her control for seven years. Harris would not be eligible for arbitration until after his third season unless he qualified as a Super Two player after his second. Also, the only significant money he’s seen as a pro is his $550,000 rookie signing bonus in 2019, so of course he’d be happy with a few million in his pocket that quickly.
The problem with Harris and many other players is that they are tied to the team that drafted them for seven years. It leaves them no room to maximize their value, and while Julio Rodríguez’s contract looks great, the deal favors the Seattle Mariners. You control all options and he has to hit all MVP escalators to get all the money for a deal that can last until 2039.