The Brewers have announced a five-year contract extension with the left-hander Aaron Ashbythrough 2027 including club options for 2028 and 2029. Ashby will earn $20.5 million over the guaranteed five years to extend it, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). He could double that total if the contract cap is reached, and Sherman notes that another $25.5 million will be available if both options are exercised and Ashby hits all of his escalators. Ashby represents Turner-Gary Sports.
The extension only cements Ashby’s place as an important part of the Brewers’ future, and gives the 24-year-old some guaranteed money and security early in his career. Ashby (nephew of the former Big League Andy Ashby) was a fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft, quickly moved through the minors, won The Brewers’ Minor League Pitcher Of The Year in 2019 and then made his MLB debut in 2021.
Ashby presented as a starter and relaxed during his two seasons on the show, having a 4.56 ERA, 58% grander rate, 27.5% strike rate, and 9.9% walking rate. The unimpressive walking total is really the only flaw in Ashby’s resume, as other advanced metrics (including 3.40 SIERA and only 291 xwOBA this season) suggest his age is a bit misleading. This year’s 339 BABIP, for example, weighs heavier on heavy globe-shooters like the Ashby.
Still, there’s clearly a lot to love about The Brewers with his performance so far, and Ashby has gone from swingman to full-fledged player in the wake of injuries at the Milwaukee spin. Freddy Peralta And the Adrian Hauser He’s still on the injured list, though Peralta is due to begin a rehab job this weekend and Houser is expected to return sometime in August.
with Corbin Burns And the Brandon Woodruff Both became more expensive in their judging years, and both are scheduled for free agency after the 2024 season, and it remains to be seen how the brewers will handle their long-term rotation. Eric Lauer He’ll also be a free agent that same winter, and Lauer raises his price for a solid performance in 2022. Locking up Ashby and Peralta to the extensions, head of baseball operations David Stearns has already laid some cornerstones for a potential future without any of the other three starters, and the franchise’s proven ability to find Promotional development continues to be a key factor in Brewers’ ability to compete.
The Peralta extension is an obvious comp to the Ashby deal. Peralta signed back in February 2020 (with just over a year of MLB service time) to a deal that also consisted of five guaranteed years and two club options, excluding $15.5 million in guaranteed money and $14.5 million more during options seasons. At the time, Peralta was also a glamor player who had yet to fully establish himself as a rotating player, and Ashby’s biggest guarantee could reflect his big league results and perhaps simply more than two years of salary inflation.