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Padres, Will Venable avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Jan 17, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Will Venable and the Padres have agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration, according to Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune.

Venable gets a raise from $1.475 million to $2.675 million in his second season of arbitration eligibility after the 30-year-old outfielder hit .264 with nine homers, 24 steals, and a .765 OPS in 148 games to more or less equal his career norms.

As is the case with many Padres hitters Venable’s numbers away from Petco Park were significantly better and his raw totals could jump this year with the fences moving in. He’s expected to start in right field this season and will be arbitration eligible again in 2014 before hitting the open market as a free agent.

  1. gloccamorra - Jan 18, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Lots of people will be watching Venable, and fellow lefty swinger Yonder Alonso in Petco this year. Right field was insanely large, but the heavy marine air is what makes hitting at Petco so tough. The fences were moved in twenty feet in right and lowered a couple feet, and the gaps were reduced, but the proof is in the playing.

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