On Monday evening, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed their best relief pitcher to a contract extension
Monday was a wild day for the Pittsburgh Pirates. To start the day they traded superstar center fielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants. You can read more about that atrocity of a trade here.
Rightfully so due to the horrendous return for McCutchen, many Pirate fans were outraged over the McCutchen trade. Monday night the Pirates did make a good move, though, as the team signed left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero to a contract extension.
According to report, the Pirates and Rivero reached a four-year contract extension that will buy out the remainder of his arbitration years. Additionally, his contract also includes a pair of option years that buy out his first two years of free agency.
On the surface, this looks like a bargain of a deal for the Pirates. Since coming to Pittsburgh in July of 2016, Felipe Rivero has started to evolve into arguably the best left-handed relief pitcher in the National League.
Since joining the Pirates Rivero has logged 102 2/23 innings in 101 games. He has allowed just 70 hits and seven home runs while averaging 3.33 BB/9 and 11.13 K/9. Combine all of this with a 51.6 percent groundball rate, and Rivero owns a 2.10 ERA and a 2.82 FIP as a Pirate.
Felipe Rivero is now under team control for the Pittsburgh Pirates through 2023. This means he will continue to anchor the Pirate bullpen for at least six more seasons.