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Pollock inks extension with Diamondbacks

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September 22, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) celebrates scoring a run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
September 22, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock (11) celebrates scoring a run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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The Diamondbacks signed outfielder A.J. Pollock to a two-year extension worth $10.25 million late last night.

The 28-year-old Pollock had been vying for an extension all offseason. He was eligible for his first year of arbitration this season. This contract will pay him just over $5 million in each of the next two seasons, after which he will have one year remaining of team control.

Pollock had played in just 243 games from 2012-2014 before breaking out as a star last season. He batted .315/.367/.498 with 20 home runs, 76 RBI and 39 stolen bases, and won a Gold Glove in center field. His fWAR of 6.6 was fourth-best in the National League.

This contract gives Pollock the raise he deserved. Most first-year of arbitration stars get similar raises. For example, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey– although he did not sign an extension– will get $4.325 million in his first arbitration year.

Right now, this deal puts the Diamondbacks’ payroll at just over $89 million, the 22nd-highest in all of baseball according to Sportrac. This figure does not include the deals of players like Shelby Miller, Jake Lamb, Nick Ahmed and Chris Owings, who have not agreed to a 2016 salary with the Diamondbacks yet.

Pollock is one of several key Diamondbacks with three seasons of team control remaining. Shelby Miller and Patrick Corbin will also become free agents in 2018, while Goldschmidt will have one remaining year of team control. Zack Greinke will be 35 at that point, so the Diamondbacks must go all in for the World Series over the next three years.

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