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Reds sign Eugenio Suarez to contract extension

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The Cincinnati Reds have signed third baseman Eugenio Suarez to a seven-year contract extension with a club option for an eighth year, reports Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. That covers him through 2024, with 2025 being the option year. The money: $66 million over 7 years with a team option worth $15 million in year eight or, alternatively, a $2 mill buyout.

Suarez, 26, just went through arbitration for the first time. He lost, having filed for a salary of $4.2 million but being awarded the Reds’ counteroffer of $3.75 million. Now they’ll tear that deal up have him under team control for the remaining two years of arbitration and well into what would’ve been his free agent years.

Suarez had a productive 2017 campaign for the Reds, batting .260/.367/.461 with 26 home runs, 82 RBI, and 87 runs scored in 632 plate appearances. He’s obviously a building block for the next good Reds team, and now the Reds have assured themselves of his services for many, many years.

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.