The Kansas City Royals have signed superstar Bobby Witt Jr. to an 11-year extension that’s worth $288 million.

The deal includes opt-outs for Witt after years seven, eight, nine and 10. If he chooses not to opt-out, the Royals have a three-year club option that would net Witt another $99 million.

The 23 year-old shortstop finished seventh in the AL MVP voting in 2023. He hit .276 with 30 home runs, 96 RBIs, a league-leading 11 triples, 49 stolen bases and 97 runs scored.

The Royals selected Witt second overall in the 2019 amateur draft. He skyrocketed through the minors and made his big league debut in 2022.

Witt hit 20 homers and stole 30 bases in his rookie season. He  finished fourth in American League Rookie of the Year voting.

This is a very smart move by the Royals. Witt is the kind of player that you want to build your franchise around.

Kansas City Royals SS Bobby Witt Jr. Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Colin E. Braley


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