Jedd Gyorko signs six-year extension with the Padres

Jedd Gyorko signs six-year extension with the Padres

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It didn’t take long for the San Diego Padres to know what they have in second baseman Jedd Gyorko and keep him playing in Southern California for the foreseeable future.

San Diego announced a new six-year, 35 million dollar contract extension with a $13 million club option Monday with the second year infielder from West Virginia University.

Gyorko, who finished sixth in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2013, had a team-high 23 home runs and 63 RBIs in 125 games in his first season for San Diego.

Through 12 games for San Diego this season, Gyorko is off to a very lukewarm start, hitting at just a .163 average with only seven hits and 16 strikeouts. He did, however, connect with his first home run Sunday off Detroit’s starter Max Scherzer in the team’s 5-1 win over the Tigers.

Gyorko and San Diego open a four-game series against the Colorado Rockies at 10:10PM tonight at Petco Park.

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