The Seattle Mariners and first-base prospect Evan White have agreed to a six-year, $24 million contract with three club options, sources familiar with the deal confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Friday.
White, 23, spent all of last season at Double-A with the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League. No player at that level ever has received a long-term extension.
White’s deal with the Mariners can max out in the mid-$50 million range, sources told Passan. Barring a disastrous spring training, White is expected to be Seattle’s first baseman on Opening Day.
MLB.com was the first to report White’s agreement with the Mariners.
A non-roster invitee to spring training last year, White had a .293 batting average with 18 home runs and 55 RBIs in 92 games while being named to the Futures Game last season.
The Mariners’ first-round selection in the 2017 draft out of Kentucky also was a Double-A All-Star selection by Baseball America.
In three minor league seasons, White has a .296 batting average with 32 home runs and 133 RBIs.