Monday, April 14, 2014

Padres Extend Jedd Gyorko

The Padres made a splash in the baseball world this afternoon, by announcing they signed Jedd Gyorko to a five-year, $35 million dollar contract. The deal was first reported by Buster Olney, via Twitter.

According to multiple outlets, Gyorko will make $2 million in 2015, $4 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018 and $13 million in 2019. The Padres have a $13 million option for 2020, with a $1 million buyout.

Gyorko emerged as an important player for the Padres last year, hitting 23 homers as a rookie. Gyorko wasn't even eligible for arbitration until 2015, so the deal gives the Padres control over his arbitration years and one year of free agency. 

The Padres have extended many players in recent years, including Carlos Quentin, Will Venable, Huston Street and Cameron Maybin among others. 

Kevin Says: The move comes with a bit of risk for the Padres. It is imperative for the budget conscious Padres to target young players who will form the core of future teams. However, the team has been burned badly by extensions to Maybin, Quentin, Cory Luebke and Nick Hundley.

Gyorko is an above-average second baseman with power. With Chase Headley due to hit free agency after this year, Gyroko could move across the diamond to the hot corner. The contract is extremely reasonable if Gyorko has the kind of year he did last season. Overall, it is a solid move for the organization. 

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