The Diamondbacks are just coming off a World Series appearance, in which they shocked the baseball world. A key piece along the way was veteran outfielder, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Yesterday, the Diamondbacks announced that they have signed Gurriel to a three year, $42 million deal with a club option for a fourth season and an opt-out after the second season, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Gurriel was traded to Arizona, along with young catcher Gabriel Moreno, in exchange for Daulton Varsho, heading back to Toronto. Since then, Gurriel has taken on a veteran leadership role and has made some noise on the field. Since joining Arizona, Gurriel has slashed .261/.309/.463 with 24 home runs, while posting a 106 wRC+.
Gurriel was a huge presence in the clubhouse and showed what he can do on the field, helping Arizona appear in their first World Series since 2001. Although Arizona fell short to the Texas Rangers, their offseason additions prove worthy. Lourdes Gurriel is no different.