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Will Venable agrees to two-year deal with Padres

Sep 3, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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Will Venable was already under team control through 2015, but Corey Brock of MLB.com reports the Padres have signed the outfielder to a two-year, $8.5 million deal that buys out his final two seasons of arbitration eligibility.

Venable didn’t debut until age 25 and didn’t become a regular until age 27, so he’s old for a player with his level of service time. Which is why it wouldn’t have made much sense for the Padres to go past two more seasons with a good but not great player who’s already 30.

Venable is having a career-year, hitting .273 with 20 homers, 15 steals, and an .818 OPS in 129 games and this way the Padres get some cost certainty. He’s making $2.68 million this year.

  1. icanspeel - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Good signing since his break out year this year would have upped his arbitration cost. He finally started figuring out left handed pitchers and that’s probably the biggest change to his success.

  2. coloredink5 - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    low-risk high reward.

  3. jwbiii - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    This saves the Padres about $1m – $1.5m from what Venable would have got in arbitration. A reasonable gamble on their part, a reasonable insurance policy on his part.

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