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Red Sox sign DH Reggie Jefferson to contract extension

April 9, 1997

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Reggie Jefferson and the Boston Red Sox agreed Wednesday to a $6.6 million, two-year contract extension through the 1999 season.

Jefferson, originally signed by the Red Sox as a free agent in April 1995, hit .347 with 19 homers and 74 RBIs last season _ all career highs.

The Red Sox have generally been offering only one-year contracts, but general manager Dan Duquette said the team changed its policy because ``in Reggie’s case, he could be a free agent at the end of the year.″

``Reggie is a team player in every sense of the word,″ Duquette said during Boston’s game in Oakland against the Athletics. ``He’s dedicated to helping the team and the organization reach our shared goals.″

Jefferson, who makes $1.9 million this year, will get $3.2 million in 1998 and $3.4 million in 1999. As part of the contract, Jefferson will work with the team to support a Red Sox program aimed at youngsters from disadvantaged neighborhoods.

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