Kiermaier finalizes 6-year, $53.5 million contract with Rays

Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, right, is congratulated after scoring against the Oakland Athletics in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Kiermaier scored on a single by Rays' Logan Forsythe. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) – Defensive standout Kevin Kiermaier and the Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a six-year, $53.6 million contract extension that keeps the centerfielder with the team through 2022.

The deal announced Monday includes a club option for 2023 which – including incentives – could boost the value of the agreement to $66.15 million.

The two-time AL Gold Glove winner avoided salary arbitration in January when he agreed to a one-year contract that would pay him $2.975 million for the upcoming season.

The 26-year-old made $514,400 last season while batting .246 with 12 homers, 37 RBIs and career-best 21 stolen bases in 105 games.

Kiermaier missed 48 games with a broken left hand last year, including a stretch when the Rays lost 22 of 25 games to tumble to last place in the AL East.

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