Punxsy Native, Devin Mesoraco Signs Extension with Reds

CINCINNATI, OHIO (EYT) – Punxsutawney native, Devin Mesoraco, reportedly signed a four-year, $28 million contract on Monday with the Cincinnati Reds.

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Mesoraco, a 2007 graduate of the Punxsutawney Area High School, is coming off his first season as the team’s full-time catcher, playing a career-high 114 games last year, recording career-bests in every offensive category.

Mesoraco hit .273/.359/.534 with 25 home runs and 80 RBI. His 25 homers were the most by any catcher in baseball last season.

According to ESPN.com, Mesoraco’s deal includes a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $2.4 million this year; $4.9 million in 2016; $7.2 million in 2017; and $13 million in 2018.

The salary in the final year can increase by as much as $2 million.

The deal buys out Mesoraco’s three remaining arbitration-eligible years, and the first year he could have explored free agency.

“I’m very happy to be here in Cincinnati,” Mesoraco said. “I’m very happy to be part of this team that going forward can be something with these younger guys that the fans count on for being part of the club and producing out on the field.”

The 26-year-old catcher was a first-round pick – the 15th overall – by the Reds in the June 2007 draft.

Mesoraco and his wife, Kira, also of Punxsutawney, plan on buying a house in the Cincinnati area.

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