Infielder Javier Baez has signed a new deal with the Detroit Tigers. The contract is worth a reported $140 million over six years. The language also includes an opt-out clause after two years for Baez, along with a limited no trade clause. He will be able to block trades to up to 10 teams each year.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported the news via Twitter.
Javier Báez’s six-year, $140 agreement with the Tigers includes an opt-out after two years and a limited no-trade clause allowing him to block deals to 10 teams each year, sources tell @TheAthletic. First to report news of the deal: @jonmorosi and @feinsand.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 30, 2021
Baez is best known as a key piece of the Cubs team that won the World Series in 2016. That Cubs team ended a 108-year championship drought for the franchise, which was the longest drought in the history of American sports at the time.
He was traded to the New York Mets at the 2021 trade deadline as the Cubs decided to sell off key pieces to begin a rebuild. Other core members of that World Series championship team such as Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant were also sent elsewhere.
Despite their move to acquire Baez, the Mets missed the playoffs. The Tigers have now signed him in hopes to avoid another year without postseason play, as well.
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