Padres, Gyorko reach deal adding $35M for 5 years

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San Diego Padres’ Jedd Gyorko celebrates with teammates after his solo home run in the first inning of an MLB baseball game against Detroit Tigers Sunday, April 13, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Don Boomer)

San Diego Padres’ Jedd Gyorko celebrates with teammates after his solo home run in the first inning of an MLB baseball game against Detroit Tigers Sunday, April 13, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Don Boomer)

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres and second baseman Jedd Gyorko have agreed to a six-year contract that adds $35 million over five seasons through 2019.

Gyorko’s agreement, which replaces a one-year deal agreed to last month, includes a team option for 2020. San Diego essentially buys out one year of free agency and possibly two.

Gyorko proved himself with a big rookie season, hitting .249 with 23 home runs and 63 RBIs.

His previous deal called for $510,900 this year in the major leagues and $294,000 in the minors. The new contract eliminates the lower minor league pay and adds salaries $2 million in 2015, $4 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018 and $13 million in 2019.

San Diego’s 2020 club option is at $13 million with a $1 million buyout. The buyout can escalate by up to $750,000 based on achievements.

The deal was negotiated by agents Sam and Seth Levinson.

Associated Press

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