Prior to entering into this new six-year agreement, McMahon was eligible to arbitrate for the second time in his career and Forecast by MLBTR contributor Matt Schwartz to earn $5.5 million next season. The contract purchases the last two arbitration seasons and four potential free-agent seasons. There’s no way to know exactly what McMahon would have earned in 2022-23 through arbitration, but using that projection and a rough estimate for the 2023 season, the contract pays McMahon about $13-14 million per free agent season. Terms are roughly in line with some of the older deals we’ve seen for concealers with four years of service, including Brandon belt (six years, $79 million) and Brandon Crawford (Six years, $75 million – also negotiated by Wasserman).
McMahon, 27, had the best season of his career in 2021, both domestically and with the gauntlet. The previous second round won 254/.331/.449 with 23 home runs, 32 doubles, triples and six steal bases (in eight attempts). Park-adjusted metrics such as wRC+ (95) and OPS + (98) felt McMahon’s overall contributions with the bats were a little south of the league average, but given the strength of his glove business, he proved to be very valuable.
Not only did McMahon provide the Rockies with versatility, scoring 368 runs in second base and 842 runs in third base—he did so while playing both positions at award-worthy levels. McMahon scored a formidable nine defensive runs saved in a small sample of 368 runs in second base, and hit 13 DRS in the hot corner despite not playing a full slate of games there. Virtually any metric one might prefer would agree that McMahon was distinguished by leather; He posted Ultimate Zone ratings at 6.1 and 2.9 in third base and second base respectively, while Statcast attributed him to 10 points above average in third base and two more per second.
It’s easy to imagine an entire season of games in the hot corner in 2021 – Brendan Rodgers Expected to run the second base, with the free agent Jose Iglesias Take the reins at the shortstop and Chris Bryant He plays primarily on the left field – McMahon may find himself taking some equipment home for that defensive edge. He made it to the Gold Glove final in 2021, although the man standing in his way is a very familiar face: longtime teammate and five-time Platinum Glover Nolan ArenadoNow with the cardinals.
Like any long-term deal, the signing isn’t without its risks for the Rockies. While McMahon’s solid defense and solid walking rate (9.9% in 2021; 10% in his career) give him high ground, offensive gains in 2021 should continue until the deal works out in Colorado’s favour.
McMahon boosted his production by cutting back on some of the obvious strike issues that had haunted him throughout his MLB tenure. From 2017-20, McMahon rebounded in 30.8% of his all-time shortlisted appearances – including his career worst at 34.2% on the 2020 shortlist. That rate dropped to a more manageable 24.7% in 2021. McMahon has always enjoyed With strength and a knack for making solid connections, as long as he can keep his punches low, there is good reason to believe he can continue to be reasonably productive at bat—at least against a right throw. McMahon’s left swinger hit only .29/.312/.353 against the Southern Paws in 2021 (173 plate appearances) as he hits his run of .239/.310/.433) against opponents from the same hand.
The Rockies underwent a front-office shuffle early in the 2021 season, sacking long-time general manager Jeff Pridich and raising manager scouting Bill Schmidt to the GM position on a temporary basis. Rather than research and seek outside candidates, owner Dick Monfort instead dropped the “temporary” tag from Schmidt’s title before the season was over.
Schmidt, who had run the Rockies’ boy scouting division since 1999, quickly went to work to ensure that several members of the Colorado roster remained in their positions. Trevor’s story Looks like he’s decided to move forward before the end of the year, and Rocks hasn’t been able to properly influence John Gray In extension talks. However, they have also succeeded in brokering long-term deals for Antonio Cinzatella (Five years, $55 million), catcher Elias Diaz (Three years, $14 million) and now McMahon – in addition to re-signing the first base officer CJ Crohn before it reaches the market (2 years $14.5 million). This group now joins the team’s marquee addition, Bryant, among the restructured Rockies’ core.
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