Report: Mariners prospect Evan White agrees to historic $24 million deal before reaching majors

The Seattle Mariners and their top prospect have agreed to a historic $24 million deal before he has even played an inning in the major leagues or above Class AA.

Evan White, the 17th overall pick in the 2017 draft, and the Mariners agreed to a six-year, $24 million deal with three options, according to multiple reports. first reported the agreement. The deal can max out at $55.5 million if the options are exercised. 

White spent the 2019 season with Class-AA Arkansas in the Texas League. No player at that level has ever received a long-term extension.

The contract is almost identical to the one Scott Kingery and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to before the 2018 season. Both deals guaranteed $24 million over six years, but Kingery’s deal could max out a $65 million and he played a full season at the Triple-A level.

White, 23, is regarded as an excellent defender with a plus bat. He hit .293 with 18 homers and 55 RBI over 90 games in Double-A and was named to the Futures Game last season.

Barring any setbacks, he is expected to be Seattle's first baseman on opening day in 2020. He will also be the only player on the roster signed beyond the 2021 season. 

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