Brewers give C Lucroy five-year extension

Mar 27, 2012 - 5:27 PM Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - The Milwaukee Brewers have signed catcher Jonathan Lucroy to a five-year contract extension that runs through 2016.

The deal is reportedly worth about $11 million and includes a club option for 2017.

"We are pleased that Jonathan has agreed to this extension," general manager Doug Melvin said in a statement. "His work ethic and continued development and growth at the major league level made us feel good about engaging into this extension. Catching is such an important position to a team's success, and Jonathan has grasped the challenges. We project him to improve and become one of the better catchers in the league."

The 25-year-old Lucroy played 136 games for Milwaukee last season and hit .265 with 12 home runs and 59 runs batted in.

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