Jose Tabata's extension is a great low risk, high reward move for the Pirates.

My initial reaction to the Jose Tabata extension was surprise at how good of a deal it was for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The main part of the surprise came with the three option years that were included in the deal.  In total, that gave the Pirates control of Tabata for up to eight years beyond the 2011 season.  The guaranteed amount of $15 M over five years wasn't as surprising, since two of those years are league minimum years.  However, it was surprising that Tabata signed this early, as it is rare for players to sign extensions with less than two years of service time.

After thinking further about how the deal breaks down, it seems that this is a very team friendly deal.  There's low risk involved f...

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