Giants sign infielder Brandon Crawford to a six-year contract

The San Francisco Giants and Brandon Crawford have reached an agreement on a six-year contract through 2021, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans announced today. The deal covers his two remaining years of arbitration and four years of free agency. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

 

"The success of our franchise depends on developing and retaining homegrown talent like Brandon Crawford," said President and Chief Executive Officer, Larry Baer. "Brandon is an integral part of the team whose performance on the field will be one of the keys to our success for years to come. I want to commend Brian Sabean, Bobby Evans, Brandon and his representatives for their hard work to keep Brandon in a Giants uniform for an extended period of time. This is an exciting day for Giants fans everywhere."

 

"Brandon is an exceptionally talented baseball player who has earned this through his hard work, dedication and competitive spirit", said Evans. "He took great strides both offensively and defensively last season, winning his first-ever Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award. This is a great day for Brandon and his family, for the Giants and for our fans."

 

Crawford, a first-time All-Star in 2015, put up the most impressive offensive numbers of his career last season, posting career bests in batting average (.256), runs scored (65), doubles (33), home runs (21), RBI (84) and OPS (.782). He started 136 games, all at shortstop, and had the sixth-best fielding percentage among NL shortshops with a .979 figure.

 

Last week he added a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award to his resume, becoming the first Giant since Barry Bonds in 1997 to win each of those prestigious awards in the same season. He's the first Giants player to win a Gold Glove award since Omar Vizquel in 2006 and the first Giants shortstop to win a Silver Slugger since Rich Aurilia in 2001.

 

The Bay Area native owns a .246 career batting average with 108 doubles, 22 triples, 47 home runs and 262 RBI in 654 games over the last five seasons with San Francisco. He's been a part of two of the Giants' last three World Series victories and his 33 career postseason games at shortstop are already the most in Giants franchise history.