Buss signed a minor league contract with the Padres, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. The 30-year-old struggled in the 36 big league appearances he made for the Angels in 2016, slashing just .198/.247/.346 across 90 plate appearances. He will likely start the year at Triple-A, where his numbers were more promising last year, slashing .290/.345/.462 across 372 plate appearances.
Buss opted to become a free agent rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday. Buss underwhelmed with the big club this season, as he hit just .198/.247/.346 over 36 games. However, he had a solid showing with Salt Lake, where he played 87 games and had 37 extra-base hits to go along with a .296 batting average. If a club decides to sign Buss, he could be a solid contributor in the minors, but has yet to show the ability to perform in the show.
Buss was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday Buss went unclaimed on waivers after he was designated for assignment last week, and he'll now report to the Triple-A club. The 29-year-old appeared in the big leagues this season for the first time in three years, but he struggled to the tune of a .198 average and 24 strikeouts in just 81 at-bats.
Buss was designated for assignment Wednesday. The Angels claimed a couple Yankees relievers (Blake Parker and Kirby Yates), so they needed to clear room on the 40-man roster, and Buss was a casualty. A 29-year-old outfielder with just 110 MLB plate appearances under his belt, Buss has yet to show he's anything more than a Quadruple-A hitter.
Buss is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Mariners, according to Angels VP of Comm. Tim Mead reports. Buss had a lengthy run as the Angels' regular left fielder during the back half of last month, but the team has given several players a shot there over the last few days, including Jefry Marte, who will man left field Friday.