Gallo, Mazara open to long-term deals

February 19th, 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielders and are both interested in long-term contract extensions if that's something the Rangers want to talk about in earnest this spring.

General manager Jon Daniels had said Monday that the possibility of long-term deals with Gallo and Mazara is something the Rangers have talked about internally and they may approach both players before Spring Training is over.

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"I mean, yeah, why not?" Mazara said Tuesday morning. "I've been with the Rangers a long time. They have known me since I was 13 or 14 years old. I know everybody, not only the other players but Jon Daniels, Mike Daly, the owners. To be able to play here a long time would mean a lot because of the way they treat people. This is my second home here."

Mazara is entering his fourth year with the Rangers and is eligible for free agency after the 2021 season. Gallo is behind him in service time and isn't eligible until after 2022.

The Rangers have used Spring Training in the past to sign players to long-term contracts, including , , and . The last significant one was , who agreed to a six-year deal in 2017. Odor would have been a free agent after the 2020 season, but his extension pushed it back two years with a club option for 2023.

"It would be very important," Gallo said. "That's one thing I've always said. I always wanted to be a guy who stayed with one team for a long time and build a legacy. I've been here a long time, they drafted me, it would definitely be exciting. This is my team. I feel there are big things ahead. I'm excited about it."

Mazara, who is in his arbitration years, avoided that process this season be agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million deal. Gallo won't be eligible for arbitration until next winter and has yet to be assigned a salary for 2019. The Rangers are still working on all their pre-arbitration players and are hoping to have everybody under contract by the time Cactus League games start on Saturday or shortly after.

The Rangers broached the subject of a long-term deal with Mazara and Gallo last spring, but discussions didn't get very far.

"They started talking, but after a while they didn't get to an agreement," Mazara said. "But I would love to play here a long time."

Mazara is represented by ISE Baseball, while Scott Boras represents Gallo. Boras has a reputation for being resistant to long-term deals before a player is eligible for free agency. But he negotiated an eight-year deal for Andrus in 2013 that kept him from becoming a free agent after the 2014 season.

"They talked a little in spring last year, but it was more kind of more seeing if I was interested," Gallo said.

It could also be about timing. If Gallo and/or Mazara choose to wait and have big seasons, it could mean a more lucrative extension next year.

"Timing obviously helps," Gallo said. "It's more about I feel I've had two productive years. Obviously, I want to be here a long time so it's about finding middle for me and the team."