The Cincinnati Reds have signed third baseman Eugenio Suarez to a seven-year contract extension with a club option for an eighth year, reports Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. That covers him through 2024, with 2025 being the option year. The money: $66 million over 7 years with a team option worth $15 million in year eight or, alternatively, a $2 mill buyout.
Suarez, 26, just went through arbitration for the first time. He lost, having filed for a salary of $4.2 million but being awarded the Reds’ counteroffer of $3.75 million. Now they’ll tear that deal up have him under team control for the remaining two years of arbitration and well into what would’ve been his free agent years.
Suarez had a productive 2017 campaign for the Reds, batting .260/.367/.461 with 26 home runs, 82 RBI, and 87 runs scored in 632 plate appearances. He’s obviously a building block for the next good Reds team, and now the Reds have assured themselves of his services for many, many years.
Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer is out for the year after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced Saturday. The projected recovery timetable spans anywhere from 8-12 months, which puts Zimmer’s return in the second half of the 2019 season, assuming that all goes well.
Zimmer, 25, had not made an appearance for the Indians since June 3. He racked up a cumulative nine weeks on the major- and minor-league disabled lists this season and will have finished his year with a .226/.281/.330 batting line, seven extra-base hits, and four stolen bases in 114 plate appearances.
The outfielder reportedly sustained his season-ending injury during a workout in Triple-A Columbus, where Cleveland.com’s Joe Noga says Zimmer began feeling discomfort in his shoulder after completing a set of one-handed throwing drills. Comments from club manager Terry Francona suggest that the Indians have every reason to believe that he’ll make a full recovery by next summer, though it’s not yet clear whether or not he’ll need additional time to readjust to a full workload when he takes the field again.