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Diamondbacks do two-year, $5M deal with Cliff Pennington

Jan 22, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that the Diamondbacks have inked Cliff Pennington to a two-year, $5 million contract. The agreement covers the shortstop’s first two years of arbitration eligibility.

Pennington batted .215/.278/.311 with six homers, 18 doubles and 28 RBI in 462 plate appearances last season for the Athletics. He was traded to Arizona in late October — along with infield prospect Yordy Cabrera — in exchange for outfielder Chris Young.

Pennington will serve as a buffer at shortstop for the Snakes until Didi Gregorius is ready for the major leagues.

The 28-year-old former first-round pick is a .249/.313/.356 career hitter in the bigs.

  1. dcfan4life - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    What a payday for a truly mediocre player at best.

  2. qcubed3 - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    ?

  3. chacochicken - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    I think ole KT has finally named himself the last, last King of Scotland. Not making much sense at all anymore.

  4. APBA Guy - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Everyone on the site knows I love my A’s, old and new, but really, even I have to question the GM’s judgement on this contract.

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