The Pittsburgh Pirates locked up Josh Harrison on a four year contract extension following his breakout season last year and now the 27-year-old will be under team control through the 2020 season, giving the Pirates another core player to keep around Andrew McCutchen.
According to Hardball Talk, the Pirates announced that the team signed Harrison to a new contract extension for $27.3 million over four years. The 2015 season is included in the total and the team has club options on Harrison for the 2019 and 2020 seasons, which could make the deal double in value if he stays with the team. Harrison was the ultimate utilityman last year and he made the All-Star team for the Pirates.
Last season Harrison hit .315 with 13 home runs and 18 steals, 77 runs scored and 52 RBIs. Harrison put up the best numbers of his short career in 2015 and the Pirates feel that he will get even better moving forward, as he is just 27.
According to Hardball Talk, the contract has salaries of: "Signing bonus: $1 million, 2015: $2.8 million, 2016: $5 million, 2017: $7.5 million, 2018: $10 million, 2019: $10.5 million option or $1 million buyout, 2020: $11.5 million option or $500,000 buyout."