The big baseball news on Thursday was not a free agent that signed. It was not a trade that was made. It was news of an expected extension signed by a player who has yet to play a single major league game. The Brewers are closing in on signing top prospect Jackson Chourio to an eight-year extension with two option years tacked on at the end. The base of the contract is believed to be 8 years and 80 million. This is all for a 19-year-old center fielder who has not made his major league debut. The Brewers are being proactive and buying out his pre-arbitration years, his arbitration years, and then potentially four years of his free agency. They are making sure that their top prospect will be paid, happy, and stay in a Brewers uniform for much of the prime of his career.
Texas could entertain ideas of doing the same with Evan Carter. The major difference is that Carter has already made his debut. He came up in September and provided the spark Texas needed at that time. That continued throughout September and into the playoff run to the World Series. Texas could stand by and wait to see what their financial situation will be going forward. Texas could choose to act. It is a topic that warrants examining both sides of the argument and then discussing what Texas is likely to end up doing concerning Evan Carter.