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Padres ink Hector Ambriz to minor league contract

Mar 18, 2014, 11:55 PM EDT

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According to’s Corey Brock, the Padres have signed right-hander Hector Ambriz to a minor league contract. He is already ticketed for Triple-A El Paso — the Padres’ new Pacific Coast League affiliate — and will operate there as organizational relief depth.

Ambriz posted a rough 5.71 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in 36 1/3 innings last season out of the Astros’ bullpen. He owns a 5.37 career ERA, a 1.67 career WHIP, and a 7.4 K/9 in 104 total innings at the major league level.

The 29-year-old was a fifth-round pick of the Diamondbacks in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft.

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