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Rangers extend Robinson Chirinos

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SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 22: Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers poses on Texas Rangers Photo Day during Spring Training on February 22, 2017 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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The Rangers announced on Tuesday afternoon that the club extended catcher Robinson Chirinos through the 2018 season with an option for 2019. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Chirinos will earn $2.25 million next season and the option for ’19 is worth $2.375 million with a $100,000 buyout and incentives based on at-bats.

Chirinos, 32, avoided arbitration with the Rangers in January, agreeing to a $1.95 million salary for the upcoming season. He had one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining.

Last year, Chirinos hit .224/.314/.483 with nine home runs and 20 RBI in 170 plate appearances. He’ll serve as Jonathan Lucroy’s understudy behind the plate for the Rangers for the 2017 campaign.

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