Padres Sign Chris Denorfia to Two-Year Extension

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 11: Chris Denorfia #13 of the San Diego Padres hits a two-run homer during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park on April 11, 2012 in San Diego, California. The Padres won 2-1. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

The San Diego Padres have agreed to a two-year, $4.25 million contract extension with outfielder Chris Denorfia, reports Corey Brock of MLB.com:

The Padres gave reserve outfielder Chris Denorfia a two-year contract extension on Wednesday that will keep him in San Diego though the 2014 season.

Denorfia, 32, will make $2 million in 2013 and $2.25 million in 2014.

Signed to a minor league deal by San Diego at the end of 2009, Denorfia has served as the club's fourth outfielder the last three seasons. In that time, Denorfia has averaged a little over one hundred games a season, posting a .279/.340/.419 line with twenty home runs.

Denorfia is having his best year yet at age 32, hitting .290/.346/.445 with six home runs while splitting time between all three outfield positions. The utility outfielder has seen much of his time this season in a platoon with right fielder Will Venable, hitting a stellar .333/.387/.490 in one hundred seventy plate appearances against left-handed pitching.

Denorfia is the sixth Padre (and fourth outfielder) to sign a contract extension since March of this year, joining the ranks of Cameron Maybin, Corey Luebke, Carlos Quentin, Nick Hundley, Huston Street, and Mark Kotsay.

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