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Marlins closing in on Sandy Alcantara extension

Sandy Alcantara, Marlins

The Miami Marlins are on the brink of locking up one of their best arms for the long term. The team is nearing an extension with Sandy Alcantara which could be worth more than $55 million over five years, according to Craig Mish of The Miami Herald:

Alcantara came over to the Marlins in the Marcell Ozuna trade with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2017 and has improved each and every season in a Miami uniform. He was an All-Star in 2019 but still struggled with his command, giving up 81 free passes in 197.1 innings of work. 2021 was arguably his best campaign though, posting a 9-15 record and 3.19 ERA in 33 starts while striking out 201 hitters in 205.2 innings pitched.

The Marlins have been in contract negotiations with the hard-throwing righty for several months now but after the Dominican proved that he can potentially be an ace of this staff, Derek Jeter and the front office are ready to pay Alcantara handsomely.

He averaged 98 mph on his heater this past season and showed much better control, walking only 50 batters. At just 26-years-old, the best is yet to come from Alcantara and after a year like this, it’s no surprise the Marlins want him around for the foreseeable future. With a core of intriguing young arms in Miami, Alcantara is headlining the pack.