San Diego Padres Sign Alex Arias
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Free agent shortstop Alex Arias and the San Diego agreed Wednesday to a $1.3 million, two-year contract.
Arias is a nine-year veteran, the last three with Philadelphia. He will make $550,000 in 2001 and $750,000 in 2002. He can make an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses each season if he has 600 plate appearances.
Arias, 33, hit .187 in 70 games last year and is a career .269 hitter with 16 home runs and 184 RBIs. In 1999, he set career highs with a .303 average, 105 hits, 20 doubles and 4 homers.
Arias earned a World Series ring with Florida in 1997.
He was in San Diego Wednesday to sign his contract, then was expected to return to Aguilas of the Dominican Winter League.
Arias is the third shortstop added by the Padres this offseason. They acquired former Milwaukee Brewers prospect Santiago Perez, who is out of minor league options, and Donaldo Mendez, acquired in this week’s draft. Mendez must remain on the Padres’ 25-man roster next year or be offered back to Houston for $25,000.
The Padres also have Chris Gomez, who is scheduled to earn $3 million next year in the final year of his contract. Gomez has had knee surgeries each of the last two seasons.