By: Noah Wright
We all remember the slew of extensions that happened a few weeks ago. It seemed like every day somebody was being extended. With so many big names like Arenado, Trout, and Chris Sale being given big deals, a few names flew under the radar as to being extended. Here are a few names that you forgot were extended during the extension-mania we experienced not that long ago.
- German Marquez (4 years, $42.435 million):
German Marquez silently has become a great pitcher for the Rockies. During 2018, his sophomore season, Marquez showed he could handle Coors Field. In 196 innings pitched, Marquez posted a 3.77 ERA, 3.40 FIP, and 1.204 WHIP. He had walked batters at a 2.6 rate, but struck them out at a 10.6 rate. Last year, in the second half of the season, Marquez really turned on the jets, pitching to just a 2.61 ERA, and a FIP of just 2.25. Marquez will only be 24 for all of the 2019 season, so this extension will cover most of his prime. Assuming he doesn’t summer a catastrophic injury, Marquez should be a valuable asset to the Rockies throughout the extension.
- Randal Grichuk (4 years, $47 million):
Acquired by the Blue Jays last season, Grichuk first season north of the border was a solid year. With the Jays, Grichuk posted a .245/.301/.502 line with 25 long balls in 462 plate appearances. Overall, he was worth 115 wRC+, and a 118 OPS+. He was also an asset with the glove. In right field (his primary position), the former Cardinal held his own with 2 DRS, and 2.9 UZR. Though, his negative numbers in CF did weight down his dWAR to -.3. Grichuk’s new contract will last through his age 31 season. He’ll be 27 for most of 2019, so he certainly isn’t old, and he should be good to go for the Jays for a while.
- Ryan Presley (2 years, $17.5 million):
In the midst of the extensions of Alex Bregman and Mike Trout, one of the Astros relief pitchers received a small extension, but could be worthwhile if he pitches anything like he did in 2018. Ryan Presley, who was acquired by the ‘Stros right before the deadline last year, produced top level bullpen results. In 71 innings split between the Twins and Astros, Presley put up a 2.54 ERA, 2.57 FIP, and 1.113 WHIP. He had a K/BB rate if 4.59, an amazing 12.8 K/9 rate, and 2.8 BB/9 rate. His 23 and a third innings with the ‘Stros saw him give up just 2 earned runs in 23 and a third innings. If anything happens to closer Roberto Osuna this year (either on or off the field), Presley could fill in as closer.
- Jose Leclerc (3 years, $14.175 million):
The Rangers closer received a raise after a terrific 2018. In 57 and two thirds innings, the young right hander (in his age 25 season), posted a 1.56 ERA, 1.90 FIP, and .850 WHIP. He improved his BB/9 rate to 3.9, after it was a worrisome 7.9 in 2017. He also improved his K/9 to 13.3. Leclerc rarely gives up home runs, having let up 1 long ball all of last year, and 5 through all 122 and two thirds innings of his career.