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All-Star Jones signs extension with the Braves

ATLANTA (Reuters) – Atlanta Braves All-Star third baseman Chipper Jones has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract extension through 2012, the team said Tuesday.

The deal includes an option for a fourth year, making the potential for the extension worth $61 million.

“It means a lot to me to know that I’m going to spend my entire career with one organization,” the 36-year-old slugger told reporters.

“During my time in Atlanta, I feel like it’s been the best organization in baseball.”

Jones is a six-times All-Star and 1999 National League MVP who has played all 15 of his major league seasons with the Braves.

“This contract ensures that Chipper will play his whole career as a Brave, which was a key factor for us, our fans and for Chipper,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said in a statement on the team’s website (http://atlanta.braves.mlb.com).

“Chipper has been an outstanding performer with our club for a long time and he is still a key part of our team.”

Jones is a career .310 hitter with 408 home runs and 1,374 RBIs.

(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; editing by Rex Gowar)