The Pirates made Felipe Rivero's extension official today, announcing that they've signed him to a four-year deal with two option years. The deal pays him a guaranteed $22 M, and can be worth up to $41 M over six years if his options are picked up.
Rivero and Pirates' General Manager Neal Huntington talked with the media via conference call after the announcement. Here were the highlights:
**When there's an extension, the discussion always comes up about the player leaving more money on the table by not going year-to-year. This ignores the risk that the player could get injured or have poor performance reduce his value. Rivero didn't seem to care either way, as he wasn't looking for the most money possible, but ultimately signed due to his comfort with the team.
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