Padres notes: Will Venable re-signed, Matt Clark sold to Japan

Doug Pensinger

San Diego has avoided arbitration with one player and sent another to Nagoya.

The San Diego Padres have avoided arbitration with the first of their eight arb-eligible players, agreeing to a one-year, $2.675 million deal with outfielder Will Venable, reports Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune:

Outfielder Will Venable signed a one-year contract Wednesday worth $2.675 million in 2013...

The signing of Venable leaves seven Padres who have filed for arbitration.

Venable, 30, had a solid third full season in right field for the Friars. The lefty-handed outfielder batted .264/.335/.429 with nine home runs in 148 games, amassing a career-best 114 OPS+.

A Super-Two player, Venabable has two more years of arb-eligibility before hitting the free-agent market in 2016.

Center also notes that the Padres have sold the contract of minor-league first baseman Matt Clark to the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central League.

A 12th-round pick by the Padres in the 2008 draft, the 26-year-old Clark hit .290/.367/.506 with 22 home runs in 121 games at Triple-A last season.

Clark is the third stateside player to join the Dragons this winter, with utility player Hector Luna and right-hander Brad Bergesen joining the club earlier this offseason.

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