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Pirates Sign David Freese To Contract Extension

Infielder David Freese signed a two-year extension with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. The contract contains a club option for the 2019 season.

Freese's extension is worth at least $11 million in guaranteed money, according to multiple reports. Freese will make $6.25 million in 2017, $4.25 million in 2018, and he will receive a $6 million team option or a $500,000 buyout in 2019, according to reports.

"David has been a consummate professional while producing offensively and playing solid defense at both third and first base to help this team win games," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "We are very pleased to have the opportunity to extend that impact into future seasons."

The 33-year-old Freese is hitting .276 with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs in 107 games this season. He signed with the Pirates before the season after playing the past two years for the Los Angeles Angels.

Freese is the third player to sign an extension with the Pirates during this season, joining outfielder Gregory Polanco and catcher Francisco Cervelli.

"If I didn't want to be here, I would have just rode into the market and taken my chances," Freese said. "But I fell in love with it here, and my priority [isn't money] -- it's to play for a team that can win and also be around a great group of players.

"I've made a lot of money in this game, so where I play, who I'm around and having a chance to win are more important to me."


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