Royals sign Bobby Witt Jr. to largest contract in franchise history, reportedly worth $288.8M

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - AUGUST 12: Bobby Witt Jr. #7 of the Kansas City Royals waits for the start of a game against the St. Louis Cardinals  at Kauffman Stadium on August 12, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Royals announced on Monday that they have signed Bobby Witt Jr. to the largest contract in franchise history.

Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the deal is worth $288.8 million over 11 years. A shortstop with power and speed on the base paths, Witt is one of the best young players in baseball. The contract locks Witt up with the Royals through his prime on a lucrative deal.

Witt, 23, is entering his third MLB season. In 158 games last season, he slashed, .276/.319/.495 with 30 home runs, 96 RBI and 49 stolen bases. His 11 triples led the AL. After struggling on defense as a rookie, Witt showed great strides during his second MLB campaign. He produced a 4.4 WAR in 2023.

Per Passan, the contract includes opt-outs for Witt in years 7-10. The Royals will have an option after the 11th season to extend the contract by three years and $89 million. That would bring the total value of the deal to $377 million over 14 years.

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