Fantasy Slant: Rays, Kevin Kiermaier Close in on $50 Million Extension

By Vincent Frank on Wednesday, March 15th 2017
Fantasy Slant: Rays, Kevin Kiermaier Close in on $50 Million Extension

The Tampa Bay Rays will have outfielder Kevin Kiermaier far beyond his arbitration year, as the team has agreed to a six-year extension with the 26-year-old worth north of $50 million. 

Kiermaier hasn't provided a whole heck of a lot from an offensive standpoint, posting a career .258 average with a .313 on-base percentage in nearly three full seasons with the team. However, the center fielder is coming off a Gold Glove award in the American League and did hit a career-high 12 homers this past season. 

The hope for Tampa Bay is that Kiermaier will continue to improve from the plate while boosting the team's outfield defense moving forward. He did post 21 steals and 34 extra-base hits in 2016.

Though, the center fielder will have to add more than 55 runs scored in order to become anywhere near a viable fantasy option. He remains a key cog on defense, one that will help the Rays' young rotation become fantasy relevant here in the not-so-distant future. 

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