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Pads' young 2B gets six-year deal

SAN DIEGO — The Padres think so much of 2B Jedd Gyorko that they gave him a hefty raise while he's only 13 games into his second full big-league season.

Gyorko's agreement, announced Monday, is a six-year deal that adds $35 million over five seasons through 2019.

It replaces a one-year deal agreed to last month and includes a team option for 2020. San Diego essentially buys out one year of free agency and possibly two.

"These contracts make a lot of sense for both sides," GM Josh Byrnes said. "In this case we potentially buy out two years of free agency. It's rare to do it so early, but Jedd, I think, he answered all the criteria you look at."

Gyorko is coming off a fine rookie season, when he hit .249 with a .301 on-base percentage and a .444 slugging percentage. He posted a Wins Above Replacement of 2.5.

"I wanted to be a Padre," Gyorko said. "When they came to me and kind of showed the vision of what they have looking forward, it's something I want to be a part of."

BELTRE UPSET: Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre was hoping to get back in the lineup this week before being told he was going on the disabled list instead because of a strained left quadriceps muscle. "I did not agree with the decision. It was out of my hands," Beltre said. "Obviously the medical staff and the front office thought it was best. … I have no say over that."

PROGRESS FOR CLOSER: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman threw off a mound for the first time since he was hit in the forehead by a line drive during spring training. Cincinnati hopes to have the left-hander back sometime in May.

ATTENDANCE: Major-league games drew more than 1.5 million fans during a crowded early weekend. The total attendance of 1,524,508 was the most this early in April for any weekend that didn't include a home opener.

OBITUARY: Former major-league C Hal Smith of Fort Smith, Ark., died Saturday at age 82. Mr. Smith played for the Cardinals from 1956-61 and was named to three National League All-Star teams.

BLUE JAYS: INF Maicer Izturis was diagnosed with a complete tear of the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee and will have surgery, possibly ending his season.

PHILLIES: RHP A.J. Burnett was diagnosed with a small hernia in his groin and will try to pitch through it.

RED SOX: An examination of 2B Dustin Pedroia's sore left wrist showed no fracture, and the All-Star and former MVP is expected to avoid the disabled list.

YANKEES: X-rays on the right hand of C Brian McCann were negative, a day after a ball deflected off his index finger. C Francisco Cervelli sustained a grade 2 right hamstring strain Sunday and will go on the disabled list today.

Pads' young 2B gets six-year deal 04/14/14 [Last modified: Monday, April 14, 2014 10:39pm]
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