The Cincinnati Reds signed starting pitcher Hunter Greene to a six-year contract extension Tuesday.
The $53 million deal, guaranteed through the 2028 season, includes a $21 million club option with a $2 million buyout for 2029.
“The commitment we made to Hunter reflects his commitment to this organization and to our community,” said Reds Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini in a press release. “He is part of the foundation of young players who will continue to help us build a successful Major League team.”
According to Jon Heyman, of the New York Post, this is the “second-largest contract ever for a pitcher with (one plus year of) service time.”
Greene, 23, has been with the Reds organization since being drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in 2017. He made his big-league debut a year ago and was 5-13 with a 4.44 ERA as a rookie. In four starts this season, he’s 0-0 with a 4.24 ERA.