Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ has extended his contract with the team for three years. He was a player who would become a free agent (FA) at the end of this season.
MLB.com, which delivers news of the American professional baseball Major League (MLB), reported on the 13th (Korean time) that the Chicago Cubs and Happ signed a contract worth 61 million dollars (80.8 billion won) for three years from next year to 2026.
Drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the ninth overall 스포츠토토pick in the first round of the 2015 draft, Happ has played exclusively with the Chicago Cubs since making his MLB debut on May 14, 2017.
He has never exceeded the batting average of 30% in six seasons from 2017 to last year. However, he plays so well that he hits more than 10 home runs every year. He also hit 11 and 12 homers, respectively, in 2019, when he played only 58 games due to injury, and in 2020, which was a shortened season.
His start this season is good. In 10 games played, he went 11-for-35 with a batting average of .314. His home run is still only one, but his on-base percentage is 0.467, 1/5 higher than his batting average.
In addition, Happ was selected as an All-Star and Gold Glove for the first time last year, and is gradually heading towards the peak of his skills.