The San Diego Padres have agreed to a six-year, $35 million contract extension with second baseman Jedd Gyorko, the club announced Monday afternoon in a press conference. The deal also includes a club option for the 2020 season.
Gyorko, 25, hit .249/.301/.444 with 26 doubles, 23 homers and 63 RBI last season. He finished sixth in NL Rookie of the Year voting. So far this season, Gyorko is hitting .163/.229/.302 with a double, triple, homer and seven RBI. The former second-rounder was a career .321/.386/.530 hitter in the minors and entered last season as a top-50 prospect according to some outlets.
“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. He has shown us a real commitment to this organization and to the city of San Diego.”
The six-year deal eats up the last two pre-arbitration years for Gyorko in addition to his three arbitration years and one year of free agency. The club option would eat up his second year of potential free agency. Gyorko's 2014 salary is $511,000, so this is a pretty huge payday for the youngster. By the same token, if Gyorko makes good on his upside during the course of the deal, it will end up being a major bargain for San Diego.
News of the extension was first reported by Buster Olney of ESPN.com.