The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a deal with promising outfielder Gregory Polanco that runs well into the next decade.
The 24-year-old right fielder has agreed to a $35 million, five-year contract that runs from 2017 to '21, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Monday.
Polanco is signed for this year at $535,000. The new deal, which could be announced Tuesday, adds $35 million in guaranteed money and includes club options for 2022 and 2023 that could raise the value to $58 million. In addition, there are escalators that could increase the deal to $60 million.
The contract was first reported by Yahoo.
The native of the Dominican Republic hit .256 with nine home runs and 52 RBI in his first full season in the majors last year. The Pirates have made it a point to lock up the young core of players that have made three consecutive playoff appearances.
Polanco is scheduled to make $535,000 this season. The new agreement allows Pittsburgh to buy out his first three years of arbitration, a tactic the Pirates used with great success when negotiating with center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Protesting Chief Wahoo
A handful of protesters gathered outside Cleveland's Progressive Field calling for the Cleveland Indians to stop using their Chief Wahoo logo, a symbol some Native Americans find offensive.
"It needs to go," said the 30-year-old Josh Hunt, who is registered with the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes in Oklahoma. "It's a cartoon depiction that disrespects our people and culture."
The Indians, whose opener against Boston was rained out, unofficially dropped Wahoo as their primary logo two years ago — switching to a block "C" — and reduced the logo's visibilty. However, one of the caps the Indians wear at home has the Wahoo logo on its front, and Cleveland's jerseys remain adorned with the Wahoo logo on one sleeve.
• Luke Gregerson held on to his job as Houston closer, beating out newcomer Ken Giles. Astros manager A.J. Hinch made the announcement after Houston's scheduled opener against the Yankees in New York was postponed by wet and cold weather.
• Oakland ace Sonny Gray was scratched from his Opening Day start Monday night because of food poisoning. Rich Hill replaced him.