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Padres and Chris Denorfia avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Chris Denorfia

San Diego Padres’ Chris Denorfia celebrates after hitting a game-winning RBI-double during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, in San Diego. The Padres won 4-3. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)


With tomorrow night’s deadline for teams to tender 2011 contracts to arbitration-eligible players looming, Chris Denorfia and the Padres have avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $800,000.

Signed last December after being let go by the A’s following a miserable Triple-A performance, Denorfia earned a mid-May call-up to San Diego and then hit .271 with a .335 on-base percentage and .433 slugging percentage in 99 games for the Padres.

He’s likely to serve as San Diego’s fourth outfielder in 2011 following the team’s trade for Cameron Maybin last month, and Corey Brock of reports that the Padres are likely to non-tender fellow arbitration-eligible bench candidates Tony Gwynn Jr. and Scott Hairston.