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Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:14 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Denorfia signing likely cements Padres' outfield

Chris Denorfia The Padres have made one decision on their crowded outfield official, agreeing to a deal with Chris Denorfia, meaning they've unofficially made their decision on what their outfield will look like next season.

After acquiring Cameron Maybin from Florida last month, the team was left with four arbitration-eligible outfielders -- Denorfia, Ryan Ludwick, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Scott Hairston. The team has reportedly offered Ludwick arbitration and with Denorfia on board, it seems Gwynn and Hairston will be non-tendered before tomorrow night's deadline.

Denorfia has signed a one-year deal worth $800,000 for 2010, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports .

"That was one of the great things about getting the deal done now," Denorfia told Brock. "It took the uncertainty out of the winter for me. That's something I've never had. It was just really important to get this done as soon as possible."

Denorfia hit .271/.335/.433 with nine home runs and 36 RBI last season, stealing eight bases in 317 plate appearances. Denorfia will likely be the team's fourth outfielder.

That leaves a starting outfield with Ludwick in left, Maybin in center and Will Venable in right.

UPDATE: According to the North County Times , the team has indeed non-tendered Gwynn.

"I kind of had the feeling it could happen, especially after the trade," Gwynn told the paper. "But that's the business of the game. It was just bad timing as far as I had my best defensive season and my worst offensive season. It was bad timing not to hit."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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