Royals Have Explored Long-Term Contract Extensions With Three Young Players

According to Kansas City Royals general manager J.J. Picollo, the team has started exploring long-term contract extensions with Bobby Witt Jr., Vinnie Pasquantino and Brady Singer.

That's certainly good news to hear if you're a Royals fan.

There's no word yet on whether the talks have led to anything at this point, but one would figure Brady Singer to be the first one to get extended since he was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The twenty-six-year-old had a nice season last year, posting a 3.23 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 150 strikeouts over 153.1 innings of work and 24 starts.

Witt Jr. and Vinnie P. will be a little pricier extensions, but both players look like they could be the face of the franchise for years to come.

Witt Jr. had an impressive rookie season last year, slashing .254/.294/.428, with 20 home runs, 80 RBIs, 30 stolen bases and 82 runs scored over 150 games. The twenty-two-year-old finished fourth in Rookie-of-the-Year voting.  

Vinnie Pasquantino was called up to make his major league debut a little later in the season, but he also had a nice rookie season. Over 72 games, the twenty-five-year-old slashed a strong .295/.383/.450 line, with 10 home runs, 26 RBIs, one stolen base and 25 runs scored. 

We'll have to wait and see if the Royals can lock up all three players long-term.
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