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Former Woodchuck Zobrist Gets Big Deal From Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have rewarded super utility player Ben Zobrist for a breakout season with a five-year contract extension worth up to $30 million.

The club announced the agreement with the 28-year-old infielder-outfielder on Friday.

The first three years of the extension are guaranteed. The team holds options for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Zobrist is making $438,100 this season. He was an All-Star for the first time in 2009, batting .297 with 27 homers and 91 RBIs. He was the first player since Denny Hocking in 2001 to start games at seven different positions.

This season he's moving back and forth between second base and right field and is hitting .258 with no homers and six RBIs in 15 games.

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