The Giants have signed shortstop Brandon Crawford to a 6-year contract extension through the 2021 season, according to a team announcement. The deal will pay Crawford $75 million over six seasons and includes a full no-trade clause, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reported the contract breakdown:
Tentative breakdown on Brandon Crawford's contract: $1.2M signing bonus, $5.8M next year, $8M in 2017, then $15M in subsequent 4 years.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) November 18, 2015
Crawford's new deal will cover his last two years of arbitration and four free-agent years, giving the Giants four years of additional control over their All-Star shortstop. The team was reported to be interested in extending the 28-year old as of last week, and came to terms on a deal shortly after he received the first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards of his career.
Crawford had the best season of his career in 2015, hitting .256/.321/.462 with 21 home runs and 84 RBI while being named to his first All-Star team. He has hit .246/.313/.383 with 47 home runs over his first five major-league seasons and will now be the Giants' long-term solution at the shortstop position.
Crawford's extension is the first notable long-term deal of the offseason, but is not the first notable extension for the Giants. Since 2012, San Francisco has locked up Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey and Pence on deals that are more than five years in length.