The San Diego Padres are reassuring its outfield of the future by agreeing to a contract extension with outfielder Chris Denorfia Thursday. Denorfia will continue to be a Padre through the 2014 season. He will earn $2 million in 2013 and $2.5 million in 2014.
General manager Josh Byrnes released a statement on the extension:
“We are excited to extend Chris to a two-year contract through 2014. He has proven to be a valuable and versatile player for us over the last three seasons, and his style of play is infectious.”
Denorfia’s deal will cover his first season of arbitration and his first year he’s eligible for free agency. Denorfia has spent the last three years with the Padres after signing with them as a free agent in 2009. In those three years, he’s batted .279/.343/.411 with 20 home runs and 85 RBI.
Although Denorfia had received numerous amounts of trade interest prior to this season’s trade deadline, he has fit in well in an outfield that includes Will Venable, Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin. Denorfia is not an everyday starter and only plays against left-handed pitchers.
Byrnes has signed four players now to contract extensions during the season. In July, Quentin signed a three-year, $27 million extension and by the time July was over, closer Huston Street signed a two-year, $14 million extension keeping him in San Diego for a little while. Then, in mid-August, the Byrnes gave outfielder Mark Kotsay a one-year extension which brought questions to some but nonetheless will give the team some bench depth next season.
The Padres are currently 64-74 and are fourth in the NL West.
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