The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club inked shortstop Nick Ahmed to a four-year contract extension. According to MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert, the deal is for $32.5 million in total and includes performance incentives.
Ahmed, who turns 30 years old next month, was in his third and final year of arbitraton eligibility, so this extension effectively buys out three free agency years as well. He and the team previously couldn’t agree on a salary for the 2020 season. Ahmed filed for $6.95 million while the team countered at $6.6 million.
Over parts of six seasons, all with the D-Backs, Ahmed has hit .236/.289/.387. Though he leaves a bit to be desired offensively, he has been steadily improving in that regard and ranks among the game’s best defensive shortstops. He has won Gold Glove Awards in each of the last two seasons.