Outfielder Myles Straw and the Cleveland Guardians have come to a $25 million contract extension over five years with two option years that could be worth $39.5 million over seven seasons.
The Guardians, who are 66/1 to win the World Series, acquired Straw from the Houston Astros last July and the 27-year-old made a quick impact at the top of the order and in the outfield.
Straw batted .285 with two home runs and 13 steals in his two-month stint for Cleveland at the back-end of last season. That convinced the Guardians front office that a deal could be done to extend Straw's stay in Ohio.
Speaking to the official Cleveland Guardians website, Straw said : "Super stoked. This team has been amazing, and from the front office, the staff, the teammates, just all of the above, the fans, it's been great. If I didn't enjoy those things, I wouldn't have done something like this."
Overall, Straw batted .271 with four home runs, 86 runs and 30 stolen bases in 2021. He ranked among the American League's leaders in walks, hits, runs, and doubles over the final months.
The Straw deal is the third long-term extension that the Guardians have completed this week. Cleveland agreed to a $124 million, five-year-deal with All-Star third baseman Jose Ramirez on the eve of opening day and a $20 million, five-year contract with closer Emmanuel Clase.
Straw was selected by Houston in the 2015 draft. In five seasons, he has a .266 batting average with 47 steals in 257 games.