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Mariners ink J.P. Crawford to five-year, $51 million extension

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The Seattle Mariners have locked up an emerging infielder to a long-term deal.

The team announced that they have signed starting shortstop J.P. Crawford to a five-year, $51 million contract extension that takes into effect after the 2022 campaign and runs through the 2026 season.

“J.P. brings excellent defense at a critical position, in addition to solid on-base skills and a penchant for delivering in the big moment,” said Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto.

“He’s an incredibly competitive player who has become an integral part of our team, both on the field and in the clubhouse.”

Crawford will make $10 million per season with a $1 million signing bonus for the first three years, and then get a mini raise at $11 million for the final year of the contract before entering unrestricted free agency as a 31-year old in the fall of 2026.

The 27-year old, who has steadily improved each year to become an everyday MLB infielder, is coming off the best season of his career in 2021.

During that span, he posted a .273 batting average, nine homers, 54 RBI and an above average 103 wRC+ and a 3.1 fWAR in 160 games.

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MUST WATCH: Aaron Judge wins it for the Yankees with a walk-off three-run blast!

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The Toronto Blue Jays were up by two runs heading into the bottom of the 9th with one of the best closers in the game in Jordan Romano taking the mound.

You would think it was almost a 100% certainty that the Blue Jays would end up with the win.

Unfortunately for them, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge had other plans!

Surprisingly, this was the first walk-off bomb in Judge’s career.

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Dusty Baker becomes first black manager in MLB history to reach 2000 wins

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Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has made history!

After the team cruised to a 4-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night, he became the first African American manager in MLB history to reach the 2000 win mark.

“I’m probably one of the luckiest men to ever walk on this earth” said Baker after securing the victory

“It means extra to the culture. It means extra to society. It means extra to my race, and it means extra hopefully for others to get an opportunity (so) I’m not the last”.

The incredible milestone was 29 years in the making. He recorded his first ever win as a manager of the San Francisco Giants on April 6, 1993.

He is 12th on the all-time wins list for MLB managers, and has the second most among active managers, trailing Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa.

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Mets infielder Robinson Cano designated for assignment

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The Robinson Cano era in New York has come to an end.

The New York Mets announced that they have designated the eight-time All-Star for assignment, which likely puts an end to his time with the club.

The 39-year old, who returned to action this year after being suspended for the entire 2021 campaign due to his second career PED violation, has struggled to produce early on in the season.

Through 12 games and 43 plate appearances , the eight-time All-Star has posted a .195 batting average to go along with one homer and three RBI.

Cano had initially signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners back in 2013, and was traded to the Mets prior to the 2019 season.

He still has another year left on the deal after this season, which will net him a $24 million salary in 2023 before being eligible for free agency.

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