Padres Sign Hector Ambriz

The Padres have signed reliever Hector Ambriz to a minor league deal, reports Corey Brock of (Twitter links). Ambriz was one of just a few righties still left on the open market.

The UCLA product will turn 30 early in the 2014 season. He threw 36 1/3 innings last year for the Astros, registering a 5.70 ERA on 6.7 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9. Among advanced metrics, FIP (5.66) and xFIP (4.42) were not big fans of his work, though SIERA (4.04) saw him as a serviceable arm. Ambriz has a career 5.37 mark over 104 innings in parts of three seasons.