Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed year contract extension that runs through the 2016 season.
The deal, announced Sunday by the Pirates, also includes club options for 2017-19. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Tabata, 23, was acquired by the Pirates in July 2008 in a trade with the Yankees, and made his major league debut last year.
He hit .299 with a .346 on-base percentage, 29 extra-base hits and 19 stolen bases in 102 games in 2010. This year, he's hitting .267 with a .356 OBP, 18 extra-base hits and 15 stolen bases through 75 games.
Tabata has also demonstrated better plate discipline. In 2010, his strikeout- to-walk ratio was 57-28. This year, it's 48-36.
The extension locks up one member of the club's core of young players. The Tribune-Review reported Saturday that the Pirates are also working on a similar agreement with 25-year-old second baseman Neil Walker, while negotiations with 24-year-old outfielder Andrew McCutchen have slowed.
Tabata is one of few Pirates players under contract beyond 2011 -- most have one-year deals.