The 2021 MLB season is already underway but the Angels have made a significant move before their first game tonight.
According to multiple reports (first by Jon Heyman), the Angels and David Fletcher have agreed to a long-term deal that will keep Fletcher around through at least the next five years and pay him a minimum of $26 million.
We don’t have any more details at the moment but this is a significant move for both parties. For the Angels, they have long-term security for their homegrown up-the-middle defender who will almost certainly provide surplus value in this deal. For Fletcher, he has financial security and the chance to stick around Anaheim in the long-term, no small feat for someone who grew up in Orange County. While I think the Angels are the pretty clear winners here, this was an obvious move that made sense for both parties.
*Update on Fletcher’s contract per The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya*
I talked about Fletcher recently in a piece that explored how unique of a player he is. Fletcher is the game’s premier bat-to-ball hitter, a strong defender, and has improved in every possible way in his first three MLB seasons. Since he debuted in June of 2018, he ranks 43rd in Wins Above Replacement among position players, ahead of players such as Jose Altuve, J.D. Martinez, and Tommy Pham. Fletcher is not just a feel-good story at this point; he’s a legitimately good player who is an anomaly in today’s current context.
Fletcher was not slated to hit free agency until after the 2024 season and had not even hit arbitration yet. This deal looks like it’ll at least buy out the remaining years of club control and an additional year of free agency. As of now, the Angels have five players under control through at least next season (Fletcher, Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Justin Upton, Shohei Ohtani).
but..but…..dipoto drafted him out of orange county no less!!!
Lagoona Hilz HS sux too……..just ask Shayne Beebir!!
I’ve been telling you folks for years this kid was special and now he will be here for many years as possibly the best plater to come through the system after Trouty. I feel extremely happy for both sides with the Angels receiving a great deal ad Fletch signing up showing he likes being a Halo.
When Fletcher steps to the plate
He never swings early or late.
He puts the bat on the ball
and gives it his all
and that is what make him so great.
This guy deserved it and glad to have more guaranteed years of watching Fletch which is joy itself.
Also glad the team is not underrating him(and Arte not going cheap lol)
I heard the Underhills were picking up the tab for his new contract.
Perry Manasian…. so lame. I mean, can this guy pitch?
Opening Day good vibes!
It’s been a good week with bullpen help and now this.
So happy to see this happen. Fletch is a real keeper.
‘Bout time! Fletch is the man!
He remains as the number one Fletch
What a steal! Hell of an Opening Day!
No kidding, deserved more in my opinion. Maybe leaving room from Freddy Freeman.
Wow amazing news!
The best news!!
Awesome news!!! Congrats to Fletch and Angels. This is a good deal with more money freeing up after this season.
Having fun whipping around mlb.tv with blackouts tho
He’ll be making about 2 million this year and 4 million next year. That’s incredibly cheap for a guy who could be putting up 2-3 WAR for each of those seasons.
Great deal for the Angels and Fletch also gets some more money these next few years than going through arbitration. I hope he earns all $41 million of the contracts potential!