PITTSBURGH —The streak of last-place finishes didn't deter A long-term commitment is essential
After signing an eight-year, $70 million contract before Pittsburgh's home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 25-year old third baseman stated Tuesday that being a “cornerstone player for the Pirates” contract.. “I feel that we have a lot talent in the minor leagues, and we're doing some special things here.”
Hayes is the son of Charlie Hayes, an ex-major leaguer and a first-round draft pick in 2015. He had signed a one year deal last month that paid $715,000 in major leagues and $294,000.750 in minor leagues.
His new superseding agreement calls for $10 million salaries in 2022, 2023 and $7 million apiece 2024-25, 2026 and 2030. $8 million each 2028 and 2029. The Pirates have an option of $12 million for 2030, with a $6,000,000 buyout.
Hayes made it to the major leagues in 2020. He would have been eligible after the 2023 season for arbitration and after the 2026 season for free agency. He is a strong defender and has an average of.283 in his 123 career games.
The Pirates are currently rebuilding after having traded most of their veteran players during the last two-years. Their farm system is regarded as one of the best.
Bob Nutting, owner of the company, stated that it was time for them to stake a claim in the ground.
Hayes was awarded the franchise's largest total contract. After the 2000 season, Catcher Jason Kendall was awarded a $60 million, six year contract. This deal came before the Pirates moved into PNC Park.
Hayes is the face of the franchise. He says that he doesn't think it adds any pressure.
Hayes stated that his dad used to tell me years ago that pressure was when you don’t know when your next mean will come, or where you’re going to sleep. It's a sport that I've loved all my life and that I have been close to my entire life.
“One thing my parents taught me was to just be myself, go out and do hard work and have fun. Everything else will take care.”