Context for Braun contract

Ryan Braun’s new contract puts him in a very small group of players. Here are some examples:

–The $21 million average annual value of the extension is second-highest ever for an outfielder, after Manny Ramirez’s two-year deal with Dodgers.

– Braun is now guaranteed $145.5 million from this season through the end of the extension, which makes Braun and Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki the only Major League players signed through 2020. In fact, the only other players signed through 2018 are Joe Mauer of the Twins and Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox.

– Braun signed his current eight-year, $45 million contract on May 15, 2008. It was, and remains, a record contract for a player with less than one year of Major League service.

– The new deal marks the first time first time a player with five years left on his current contract agreed to an extension (Tulowitzki had three years plus an option remaining when he re-upped with the Rockies). It is also believed to be only the sixth time a player has signed a contract that guaranteed him 10 or more years of future salary (Dave Winfield, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Todd Helton and Tulowitzki are the others).

– Only seven players are signed through age 36 and have spent their entire career with their original professional organization: Braun, Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Ryan Howard, Chipper Jones and Todd Helton.

– It is one of nine contracts ever for a position player with a total value of at least $100 million and an average annual value of at least $20 million (Rodriguez twice, Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Mauer, Ramirez, Mark Teixeira and Howard).

– Braun is 27, and only two other players 27 or younger signed a contract with an AAV of $20 million or more: Rodriguez in 2001 and Mauer in 2011.

– It’s the largest deal in Brewers history by total and AAV (Prince Fielder signed a $15.5 deal for 2011).

– Braun’s agency has done well for itself in the past year and a half. In the last 16-plus months, seven players have signed a deal with an AAV of $20 million or more and three of those were negotiated by CAA Sports (also Howard and Roy Halladay).

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