With news that the Astros are in discussions with southpaw Dallas Keuchel on a contract extension, attention turns to other 2015 All-Stars that could be in line for a similar discussion with their teams, perhaps as soon as this offseason. A lot of young stars have already secured contract extensions, but these three first-time All-Stars are still waiting for their pay day:
After trading Troy Tulowitzki, the 24-year-old third baseman has become the face of the Rockies, and has broken out in 2015, hitting .280/.316/.556 with 30 home runs in 120 games, becoming just the second Rockies third baseman to hit 30 homers in a season. Add that offensive production to defense that has him in line for a third-straight Gold Glove, and you have one of the more valuable players in the game.
What makes an Arenado extension difficult is that his agent is Scott Boras, who generally likes his clients to hit free agency sooner rather than later, though Colorado did work out an extension with another Boras client, Carlos Gonzalez, in 2010.
After missing all of 2014 with leg injuries, the Tigers shortstop has settled into a nice groove in 2015, hitting .306/.348/.380 in 111 games along with playing top-notch defense at shortstop. The 2013 runner up in AL Rookie of the Year voting came to Detroit in the midst of his rookie year in a deal that saw Jake Peavy wind up in Boston and should be a key aspect of the Tigers' future. However, like Arenado he is a Boras client which could make extension talks difficult with the 25-year-old.
After coming to Atlanta in the Jason Heyward trade in November, the 24-year-old right-hander has had a breakout season in 2015, with a 2.50 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 158⅓ innings in his first season with the Braves, walking 56 and striking out 136. As we've already seen with Keuchel, pitching of that caliber is a serious commodity, and Miller would likely be more valuable than the Astros' lefty, as he is three years younger.