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Tampa Bay Rays, Ben Zobrist agree to long-term contract extension

CHICAGO — Ben Zobrist's breakout season in 2009 earned him an AL All-Star squad selection and the Rays' MVP award.

It also got him a long-term deal.

The Rays will announce today a contract extension that could keep Zobrist, 28, in Rays blue through the 2015 season.

The first three years, in which Zobrist would have been eligible for arbitration, are guaranteed. The Rays hold options for 2014 and 2015, the first two seasons he would be eligible for free agency. Terms were not available Thursday night, neither were Zobrist nor team officials available to comment.

Zobrist will join right-hander James Shields, third baseman Evan Longoria, lefty David Price and catcher Kelly Shoppach as Rays under long-term deals that extend beyond this year. The Rays hold options on right-hander Dan Wheeler and infielder Willy Aybar.

Tampa Bay Rays, Ben Zobrist agree to long-term contract extension 04/23/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 23, 2010 10:24am]
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