Rays sign OF Kevin Kiermaier to 6-year extension

By Rod Gipson, Digital Media Producer
Last Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017, 12:55 PM EDT
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The Tampa Bay Rays have announced a six-year contract extension for outfielder Kevin Kiermaier. 

The contract will pay Kiermaier $53.5 million through the 2022 season and include a club option for 2023. Incentives could push the total to $66.15 million.

The 26-year-old Kiermaier won a second straight Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2016. He also established career highs last season with 12 home runs, 21 stolen bases and 40 walks despite missing 48 games with a fractured left hand.

Known for his defensive prowess and all-around hustle, the Rays lost 34 of the 48 games they played last season without their sparkplug Kiermaier. 

"I don't think we've scratched the surface yet," Kiermaier said during a news conference Monday morning at Charlotte Sports Park. "I know I can be better."

He is the only the second player in Rays history after Evan Longoria to win multiple Gold Glove awards. 

Kiermaier, 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, was drafted in the 31st round (941st overall) by the Rays in 2010 and made his Major League Baseball debut in 2013. 

The Rays open the 2017 regular season April 2 at home against the New York Yankees.