The Padres made a few more cost-effective moves Wednesday. Corey Brock of MLB.com breaks it down:
- San Diego signed right-handed pitcher Oneli Perez to a minor league deal. Perez, 25, hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors, but sports a 2.72 ERA in 185 minor league appearances. There’s an outside chance he could pitch his way into the Padres’ bullpen this spring.
- The Padres avoided arbitration with switch-hitting infielder Luis Rodriguez, signing him to a one-year deal. He hit .287 in 64 games last season while Khalil Greene was sidelined with a broken bone in his left hand. Rodriguez, 28, is likely to open 2009 as the Padres’ starting shortstop. Greene, you’ll remember, was dealt to the Cardinals in early December.