By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Minnesota Twins have signed signed outfielder Max Kepler to a five-year deal on Thursday. He will be paid $35 million over the first five-years.
There is a club option for the sixth-year of the deal. He will either have the team pick up his option for $10 million, or have it bought out for $1 million.
He was arbitration-eligible for the first-time this winter. He was a Super 2 qualifier during arbitration, but this deal will keep him with the team through the 2023 season.
Kepler has spent his entire career with the Twins so far and this extension will keep him with the team for nearly a decade. He arrived with the Twins during the 2015 season.
This past season was the best season of his career. In his fourth season with the team, he had a .224 batting average with 20 home runs and 58 RBIs in 156 games. He also had 30 doubles and four triples on 119 hits and scored 80 runs.
In his career, he has a .233 batting average with 56 home runs and 190 RBIs in 419 games. He also had 82 doubles and eight triples on 337 hits, while scoring 199 runs.
On the team’s 2019 depth chart, Kepler is listed as the team’s starting right fielder. Jake Cave is listed as his backup, as he is listed for all three outfield positions.