Vladimir Guerrero Jr. keeps hitting bombs, and his stock keeps going up.
Toronto will want to lock in the first basemen long-term, which could make him MLB’s next $30 million-per-season player.
He launched his MLB-leading 22nd home run on Monday, and he leads baseball in RBI (56), OBP (.451), slugging (.697), and OPS (1.148), while his .346 batting average trails only the Reds’ Nick Castellanos (.357).
The 22-year-old is a big draw, too — he’s currently the top vote-getter for the All-Star Game in Denver.
Vlad’s eye-popping numbers are putting him in line for a monumental pay raise in the not-so-distant future. Under Jays control until 2026, he’s on his third consecutive one-year contract, making only $605,400 this season.
But the market is trending his way: Padres sensation Fernando Tatis Jr. is the same age as Guerrero and signed a 14-year, $341 million deal last February.
Vlad could command as much as Mike Trout (highest-paid in MLB at $37.1 million per season) and will likely match fellow boppers Nolan Arenado ($35 million) and Manny Machado ($32 million), who both rank in the Top 10.
An American League Most Valuable Player award — he’s the AL favorite at +115 — and a possible Triple Crown would only increase Vlad Jr.’s leverage with the Jays.