Royals Lock Star SS Bobby Witt Jr. to 11-Year, $288.8 Million Deal

Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. in August 2023
Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. in August 2023. Photo by Jon Robichaud/CSM/Shutterstock (14052262am)

The Kansas City Royals believe they have their new franchise star in shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. That became clear on Monday when the Royals locked Witt Jr. to a massive new extension.

According to reports, the two sides agreed on an 11-year, $288.8 million deal. The contract is the largest in Royals’ history and marks the first time that the franchise gave one player a contract that runs for 10 seasons or more.

Reportedly, the agreement gives both sides flexibility down the road. Witt will be able to opt out of the deal after the seventh, eighth, ninth, and 10th year of the deal. The Royals, on the other hand, get a club option that will allow them to add three years and $89 million to the agreement, essentially making it a 14-year, $377 million contract.

Bobby Witt Jr. has just two years of MLB service under his belt but has already shown he is on the path to becoming one of baseball’s biggest stars. Witt finished the 2023 campaign batting .276 with 30 home runs, 96 RBIs, and 49 stolen bases. He became a member of the 30-30 club while leading the AL in triples.

“From the moment I was drafted in 2019, the entire Royals organization and fans have treated me and my family like their own,” Witt said in a statement after the contract was announced. “This city and this team have felt like home since day one, and it’s an honor to have the opportunity to continue to represent all of KC.”

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