San Francisco Giants sign shortstop Brandon Crawford for 6 years

Brandon Crawford, Stephen Vogt
San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, right, scores past Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt during the second inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fresh off his Gold Glove award last week, San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford has signed a new $75 million, six-year contract through the 2021 season.

The team announced the deal Tuesday. Crawford’s new contract covers his two remaining years of arbitration and four years of free agency.

A reliable glove in the middle of the infield, Crawford has shown his range at the position as well as growth on defense and at the plate. The 28-year-old Crawford, who grew up in the Bay Area rooting for the Giants, batted .256 with 21 homers and 84 RBIs.

He has played at least 143 games in each of his last four seasons after making his major league debut in late May 2011. Crawford was a key member of the Giants’ 2012 and ’14 World Series-winning clubs.

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