The week of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has been unforgettable for becoming the youngest player to be named MVP in a Major League All-Star Game, an award that places him in the forefront of the most influential athletes of the “Big Show” today even if his salary is not like that of the great figures.
Finally in his third year in the majors, the son of the Hall of Famer who bears the same name exploited his conditions. He unleashed his power and is the second-highest homerun slugger at 28, five behind “Showtime” Shohei Ohtani.
It came from Don Gregorio in my Dominican Republic. He was the one who received the most votes for the All-Star Game. He said no to that ball. He was selected Most Valuable Player. Anything else? Proud to share nationality with you. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #DQNO pic.twitter.com/BE7tQ1BFpg
– Ernesto Jerez (@EJerezESPN) July 14, 2021
His offensive stat line is .332 / .430 / .658 with 73 RBIs and 105 hits in 87 games. He is the offensive figure of the Toronto Blue Jays and for now Ohtani’s only rival to fight for the AL MVP at the moment. However, his salary is that of a regular player.
The “Condecito” earns this season $ 605,400 dollars and is under the control of the Canadian ninth until 2026. Earn 15% of the average salary in MLB. However, he could soon receive a juicy offer from the tile executives to tie up who is emerging as a franchise player.
He is in his final year to qualify for salary arbitration, if he does not reach an agreement with Toronto. And if he maintains his numbers, he could go on to receive $ 10 million or more in 2022, something similar to what happened with Cody Bellinger in 2020, when he agreed for $ 11.5 million with the Dodgers to set a new record in his first year eligible for arbitration. wage.
$ 28 million annually for the “Count”?
At just 22 years old, the Montreal-born player would be close to becoming a celebrity with many millions in his bank account. He was signed in 2015 and in his first two years at the Big Top he earned $ 579,300 and $ 555,000.
If the injuries respect him and his offensive performance continues to rise, the first baseman born in 1999 would be in the door of a contract proposal even greater than that of Fernando Tatis Jr., who signed for $ 340 million and 14 years with San Diego Padres.
According to an analysis carried out by Spotrac, who are specialists in salary issues, the player projects to receive a contract of $ 367,088,657 dollars for 13 years. That is, they would have to pay you $ 28.2 million for each of those 13 campaigns.
Guerrero Jr. is on track to emulate Miguel Cabrera and become the second player to win a Triple Crown batting (leader in average, home runs and RBIs) in the last 54 years.
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