[Update] That $32.5 million number might not be correct. The $18 million guaranteed might include the buyouts for the option years. If so, the original “just under” $30 million could still be accurate.
[Update] Roger Mooney reports (via Twitter) that the first three years of the deal will pay Zobrist $18 million with a 2014 option of $7.0 million and a 2015 option of $7.5 million.
If we are doing the math right, and we like to think we are, that means the total contract would be worth $32.5 million, which doesn’t quite jive with what was in the press realease. This also suggests that the deal does not go into affect until next year.
[1:35pm] The Rays announced today that Ben Zobrist’s extension could be worth “just under” $30 million if both options are picked up.