SAN DIEGO — Second baseman Jedd Gyorko and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a five-year contract extension worth $35 million.

The deal kicks in next season, with the club retaining an option for a sixth year in 2020 at an additional $13 million.

The 25-year-old Gyorko, a Morgantown native who became an All-Big East player at West Virginia, is earning $510,900 this season.

Last season he hit .249 while belting a team-high 23 home runs and 63 RBIs as a rookie, but was hitting just .163 to start 2014. However, Gyorko cracked his first homer Sunday in a 5-1 win over reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.

“We are happy to sign Jedd and secure the rights to two free agent years,” Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said in a statement. “Jedd is a homegrown player in his fifth season with the Padres organization and has been a consistent performer every step of the way. He has shown us a real commitment to this organization and to the city of San Diego.”

Corey Brock of MLB.com reported the team has never awarded a contract extension to a player so early into his major-league service.

A second-round draft pick in 2010, Gyorko played third base during three minor-league seasons before shifting to second base in spring training 2013, facilitating his move to the big-league club. His defense was solid, resulting in a .992 fielding percentage that was the highest among rookie second basemen in major league history.

Gyorko’s new contract hikes his salary to $2 million in 2015, followed by $4 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017, $9 million in 2018 and $13 million in 2019.

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Comments

  • Aunt Sheryl uncle kurt

    We are so proud of you Jed God has been good to you work hard and enjoy yourself and God bless you and your family

  • william price

    Jed comes from a great family. I worked with his dad at Mylan. I know they did a heck of job raising him. His dad,Digger,tried to see every game. I am so happy for all of them. He deserves to be rewarded.

  • bill

    Watched Jedd grow up in sports,as a Mountaineer I'm so proud that all the hardwork he put in is finally making his dreams come true. Jedd is a "Role Model"

  • WVU FAN

    Finally, some good WVU Baseball news!!!!

    Good job to this kid for making his dream come true...

  • DP

    I forgot to insert YOU when addressing the IDIOT K. State fan.

    • K.State fan

      At least we know how to play ball and not swap chose with are wife the best thing the wildcats ever done is give you all that loser Bobby H.

  • DP

    Congratulations Jedd! You've made ALL WV fans very proud!!!

    K. State fan-Are the son of your dad and sister, or the son of your mom and brother???

  • Patty flowers

    Congratulations Jedd ..do not know you but knew your grandparents especially Steve And know that he would be so proud of you ..good luck n proud you represent Morgantown WV

  • JoeBlow

    Why would you guys entertain this poser? He's just trying to get a response.

  • K.State fan

    Best player to come from WVU thats because im a padres fan to bad he played for you guys because the rest of your teams are sorry it's be on me that the big 12 got you guys when they could goting BYU or the two bigger schools in your state Virgina tech or Virginia

    • Mike

      Should I be the the one that corrects spelling ,and capitalization ,or does someone else want it?

      • Mike

        Autocorrect doubled the thes in there.

    • Uncle C

      Wvu is bigger than both UVA and v tech

    • Sam

      I agree - Jedd is the best player to come out of WVU. But those "two bigger schools in your state" that you mention - Virginia Tech and UVA... those are in Virginia not West Virginia, two completely different states.

      • Chris1529

        West Virginia has been separate from Virginia since 1863 K State Fan.

    • MJ

      Virginia Tech is a school in Virginia. West Virginia University is in a different state called West Virginia.

  • Dave

    Awesome news. Congratulations Jedd Gyorko. A great day for Mountaineers.

  • DWM

    This will benefit the team and Jedd. He has the financial peace of mind and they lock up a player that is only going to get better to a long term deal.

  • Mister Man

    Yeh buddy!! Good on you Mountaineer!!!!