Sailors and SS JP Crawford agree to five-year, $51m deal

The last time the Seattle Mariners made the playoffs was in 2001, and the fiery Lou Piniella was their manager, Alex Rodriguez had just left for the Texas Rangers and they had recently welcomed future AL MVP and rookie from the year Ichiro Suzuki. in the fold. 21 years later, the Mariners, behind newcomer (and 2021 AL Cy Young Award winner) Robbie Ray and a pair of up-and-coming outfielders in Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez, are looking to break their current longest streak drought. in MLB.

If they are to do so, another key piece of the puzzle appears to be shortstop JP Crawford, who Seattle would now commit to a long-term contract.

Crawford was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the 16th overall pick in the June 2013 MLB Entry Draft and made his league debut with the club in September 2017. A native of Long Beach, Calif., Crawford has played 23 games with the Phillies. this season and 49 more in 2018, before being traded to the Mariners in December of that year.

The 27-year-old had seven homers, 46 RBIs and a .226/.313/.371 slash in 345 at-bats in 93 games with Seattle in 2019, before struggling to flat out again during the year 2020 shortened by the pandemic. but make a name for themselves defensively. That year, Crawford was second in assists (145) and third in strikeouts as a shortstop (73) and double plays turned shortstop (31), while also ranking fourth in field percentage as a shortstop (.986) and in earning a Gold Glove award.

Crawford has put it all together in 2021, having another solid season defensively while producing career highs at every level with the bat. He finished last season with nine home runs, 54 RBIs, 89 runs scored, 169 hits, 37 doubles and a .273/.338/.376 slash in 619 at-bats and 160 games played.

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