I'm a self admitted baseball junkie. When something important happens with the Pirates my phone will send me updates like crazy. Today while eating my lunch I received notification that the Pirates gave Francisco Cervelli a three year extension. I was pretty excited. The deal is worth 31 million.
The deal was surprising for a few different reasons. First, the Pirates have two catching prospects in Elias Diaz and Reese McGuire. Diaz just recently had shoulder surgery so it is a possibility that this year will be a lost season for him. McGuire wasn't going to have any impact at the MLB level for at least another year and half. He is only 21 so he still has a substantial amount of development to be mlb ready. I guess the Pirates wanted a little more certainty behind the plate.
Next, I was surprised that Cervelli only signed for 3 years. Many suspected that if he would have hit the open market after this season that 4 or even 5 years was possible. I guess you really can't blame a guy for taking the guaranteed money when you play such a demanding position.
I don't know how long Cervelli can continue to play on the level he has been since joining the Pirates, but it will be fun to watch him for three more seasons.