TheRedshave become the latest team to lock up a young franchise cornerstone long-term, reportedly agreeing to a six-year contract withJay Brucethat will pay the outfielder at least $51 million.
The deal, reported byESPN.com, also includes a $12 million team option for a seventh year, a partial no-trade clause and several awards bonuses. Bruce, 23, is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a "Super Two" player. He made $440,000 last year.
Cincinnati's first-round pick in the 2005 draft, Bruce really established himself in 2010. He hit .281 with 25 homers, 70 RBI and an .846 OPS while playing solid defense in right field. Most memorable, though, was the walk-off home run he hit Sept. 28 against theAstrosto give theRedsthe NL Central title (watch videohere).
His is the second multi-year deal the Reds have handed out to one of their own this winter. They gaveBronson Arroyoathree-year extensiona week ago. There have been reports the Reds are also trying to lock upJoey Vottoon a long-term deal.