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Bruce reaches extension with Cincinnati

Image: Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds (Mel Evans/Associated Press)
Jay Bruce will be a Red for six more years after signing an extension with the club.
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Jon Paul Morosi

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Outfielder Jay Bruce and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a six-year, $51 million contract extension, a major league source confirmed to FOXSports.com.

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Bruce, 23, wasn't scheduled to become a free agent until after the 2014 season. The contract includes a club option worth $13 million in 2017.

The left-handed hitter is coming off the best season of his young career, batting .281 with 25 home runs and 70 RBI for the division champion Reds.

Bruce's agreement was first reported by ESPN.com.

The Reds may also pursue a long-term agreement with franchise first baseman Joey Votto, who is older and has more major league service time than Bruce.

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