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Chourio inked early; How 5 MLB rookies fared after extensions
New member of the Milwaukee Brewers, Jackson Chourio, talks about the new opportunity during a press conference at the 2023 Baseball Winter Meetings. (Credit: Stephanie Amador/The Tennessean/USA TODAY NETWORK)

Chourio inked early; How 5 MLB rookies fared after extensions

MILWAUKEE (BVM) – The Milwaukee Brewers and star prospect Jackson Chourio have agreed on a record-setting eight-year, $82 million contract. The deal was officially announced Monday and far surpasses the largest guaranteed contract signed by a player who has yet to make their MLB debut.

Chourio, a 19-year-old center fielder from Venezuela, is the Brewers’ top prospect and the No. 2 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB. The contract extension includes club options in 2032 and 2033 with incentives based on MVP voting that could push the contract to as much as $142.5 million. 

Previously, the largest guaranteed contract for a player with zero service time was Chicago White Sox center fielder Luis Robert who inked a six-year, $50 million extension in 2020. Chourio’s extension is just the sixth occurrence of a player signing before debuting for their major-league team. How have the other five players’ careers panned out?