Padres sign second baseman Jedd Gyorko to long-term deal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

San Diego, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The San Diego Padres have locked up power-hitting second baseman Jedd Gyorko to a long-term deal, signing him to a five-year extension with a team option for a sixth season.

The team announced that the contract is worth $35 million, including a $13 million club option that could increase if an escalator clause in the contract vests.

“We are happy to sign Jedd and secure the rights to two free agent years,” general manager Josh Byrnes said in a statement. “Jedd is a homegrown player in his fifth season with the Padres organization and has been a consistent performer every step of the way.”

Gyorko’s guaranteed $35 million deal is the third-largest for a player with only one year of service time, trailing only Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons (seven years, $58 million) and Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun (eight years, $45 million).

The 25-year-old Gyorko had a team-leading 23 home runs in 125 games last season, his first year in the majors.

He has gotten off to a slow start this season, batting just .163 with one homer in his first 12 games.

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