Venezuelan baseball reporter Francisco Blavia tweeted this morning these contract figures this morning, he also mentioned there is no option for a sixth-year and also some bonuses and incentives.
I would not expect official word to be released today. The agreement is probably likely in principle and still needs to have a few small things to be worked out, along with a physical.
Still, five years at $78 million? GM Jack Zduriencik never ceases to amaze me. I figured he would have to give up more than that. Basically, it bought out two arbitration eligible years and three years of free agency for just under $16 million a year. Still sound like a lot? Imagine what the Yankees and Red Sox would be willing to pay for those first three years of free agency.