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Reds lock up Bruce with 6-year, $51M extension

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Outfielder Jay Bruce and the Cincinnati Reds have reached agreement on a six-year, $51 million extension that includes a $13 million option for 2017, according to sources.

Bruce, who hit .281 with 25 home runs and 70 RBIs last season, gets a deal very similar to the one signed by Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks in March. Bruce, 23, was eligible for arbitration as a "Super Two" player but instead will be locked up through his arbitration years, plus at least two years of free agency.

The extension was first reported by ESPN.com.

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Last week the Reds signed pitcher Bronson Arroyo to a three-year, $35 million contract extension, and the team also hopes to work out a long-term deal with NL MVP Joey Votto.