Bobby Witt Jr.’s contract is worth $700,000.
Bobby Witt Jr. agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Kansas City Royals, with $700,000 guaranteed and a $700,000 average annual pay.
There’s no reason why the Royals can’t do the same with Bobby Witt, Jr. if the Rays can commit to their young shortstop for the next decade.
The main difference is that Franco has already experienced Major League Baseball, although for only half a season.
Witt dominated Double-A and Triple-A this season, hitting .290/.361/.575 with 33 home runs and 29 steals, earning him Minor League Player of the Year accolades from Baseball America.
However, he has yet to play a single day in the majors, so we can’t predict how he’ll handle the move.
Before making their Major League debuts, teams have signed players to long-term contracts. Pre-debut deals were recently signed by White Sox outfielders Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, as well as Mariners first baseman Evan White.
Going back even further, the Astors signed the first baseman Jon Singleton to a deal before his debut, however Singleton never made it to the big leagues.
That is a concern for Witt, as it is for all prospects, and the more the Royals see Witt react to Major League pitching, the more confident they will be in his ability to make the transition.
However, the more you see, the higher the cost may get.
Teams have negotiated long-term contracts with players before they make their Major League debuts.
White Sox outfielders Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, as well as Mariners first baseman Evan White, recently signed pre-debut deals.
Even further back, the Astors signed first baseman Jon Singleton to a contract before his debut, but he never made it to the majors.
Witt, like many prospects, is concerned about this, and the more the Royals see Witt react to Major League pitching, the more confidence they will be in his ability to make the jump. The more you see, though, the greater the price may get.