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Let's Talk Extensions! (Or: Spend Bob Nutting's Money At Home)


So Uncle Bob's money is burning a hole in our pockets. We're practically itching to spend it for him! Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much left worth spending it on. What to do? Easy! Just spend it on locking up our homegrown talent for the foreseeable future. What follows are some ideas for extending 2 pre-arbitration players and 2 guys currently under contract. And just because I couldn't resist, I offer an idea for probably the only remaining free agent player I'd feel like sacrificing a draft pick for. Unless otherwise noted, Year 1 = 2014 season.

And here...we...go!

Starling Marte - 7 years/$29MM (potential for 8 years/$39MM)

Year 1 - $750K

Year 2: $1.25MM

Year 3: $1.5MM

Year 4: $4MM

Year 5: $5.5MM

Year 6: $7.5MM

Year 7: $8MM

Year 8: $10.5MM Club option ($500K buyout)

Gerrit Cole - 8 years/$48.5MM

Year 1: $1MM

Year 2: $2MM

Year 3: $3.5MM

Year 4: $5.5MM

Year 5: $6MM

Year 6: $7MM

Year 7: $9.5MM

Year 8: $14MM

I knwo what you're thinking....Scott Boras clients don't do extensions, right? Jered Weaver, Elvis Andrus and Carlos Gonzalez all disagree.

Russell Martin - 2 years/$23MM (potential for 3 years/$34.5MM)

2015 - $10MM

2016 - $11MM

2017 - $13.5MM club option ($2MM buyout)

Andrew McCutchen - 5 years/$91MM

2018: $15MM (former $14.5MM option year converted to guaranteed $15MM year)

2019: $17MM

2020: $18MM

2021: $20MM

2022: $21MM

Ubaldo Jimenez - 4 years/$56MM (potential for 5 years/$75MM)

Year 1 - $10MM

Year 2 - $13MM

Year 3 - $14MM

Year 4 - $15MM

Year 5 - $19MM club option ($4MM buyout)

$2MM signing bonus payable no more than 30 days after contract approval by commissioner’s office ($500K from each season salary)

So...thoughts? Tried to strike a balance between the money a player would potentially be giving up and the guaranteed security the Pirates would be offering.

You could look at the years tacked on to McCutchen's contract as converting his first deal from 6 years/$51.5MM to 11 years/$141.5MM. The face of the franchise would now be locked up through his age 35 season.

Cole is now controlled through all of his twenties and can still hit free agency being young enough for a big, big payday.

Marte is now under control for all the years his legs are likely to be elite.

Martin being in the fold for 2 more years gives McGuire time to come along.

Jimenez can anchor the rotation and provide a steady, reasonably priced arm who could slot in anywhere from 1-3 depending on how the rest of the pitching is doing at the time.

Also it's worth pointing out that all these contracts are eminently tradeable if the need should ever arise to do so.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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