Padres, Gyorko Agree to 5-year, $35M Contract
When you’ve got a star rookie player that you like, you lock them down with a nice, healthy contract and keep them in the organization, right? For the Padres, that hasn’t always been the case but today’s a different story.
It was announced today that the Padres have agreed to a 5-year contract extension with second baseman Jedd Gyorko worth $35 million with a club option for a 6th year. The news broke via ESPN’s Buster Olney on Twitter.
Sources: The Padres have agreed to terms with second baseman Jedd Gyorko on a multi-year extension. Will be announced today.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) April 14, 2014
Gyorko, who broke out into the majors last season with the Padres, has shown great power and promise as a young player on the big league stage. In his first two seasons with the organization, Gyorko has sported a .242 batting average with 24 Homeruns and 70 RBI over 137 games played.
Gyorko has also become a fan favorite in San Diego, showing amazing presence on the field and a defensive glove that has kept the team in ballgames during his short tenure. He has garnered so much attention that the Padres are recognizing Gyorko on April 19th with a Padres replica Jersey giveaway sporting his name on the back.
In case there's any confusion on length, can confirm Gyorko extension is 5 years, $35 million, option for 6th. @ChrisCotillo reported first.
— Dennis Lin (@dennistlin) April 14, 2014
Gyorko, a 2nd round draft pick from the 2010 player draft, was initially signed to a 1-year/$511,000 contract for the 2014 season. The young second baseman would have been arbitration eligible in 2016, but with the new contract the team has Gyorko on lockdown through 2019, possibly through 2020.
Fans can congratulate Gyorko on the new signing today down at Petco Park when the Padres will take on the Colorado Rockies at 7:05pm.