The Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t well-known for their spending. However, the MLB franchise has just agreed on a contract extension with third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes that, for them, is quite up there.

According to FanSided’s Robert Murray, the deal is for eight years and worth $70 million, including a club option for an additional year.

Hayes’ deal is officially the largest contract in Pirates’ history now, surpassing Jason Kendall’s six-year, $60-million contract that he signed in 2000. It’s also the second-biggest contract in MLB history for a player with between one and two years of big-league service time, behind only the $340 million contract the San Diego Padres gave to shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

Hayes has been with the organization since 2015 when he was picked 32nd overall. He debuted in the majors in 2020 and has put up a .280/.340/.432 stat line in 491 plate appearances since then. He also has 11 home runs and 10 stolen bases and has put together a solid reputation at third base.

One fun fact that says plenty about the Pirates organization is that this is officially the first guaranteed contract on the books beyond this season. So at the very least, Pittsburgh fans will have Hayes to cheer for next season, if literally nothing else.

News of the contract extension certainly garnered a lot of reactions from around the MLB world, with many feeling like this contract ends up being a steal for the Pirates.

We’ll see if Ke’Bryan Hayes comes to regret signing a long-term deal with the Pirates or if it works out for everyone involved in the end.

[Robert Murray]

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