Ramiro Pena

Padres sign Ramiro Pena

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The Padres announced this afternoon that they signed infielder Ramiro Pena to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Pena played well in a small sample with the Braves in 2013 before undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, but he wasn’t nearly as productive last season. The 29-year-old hit just .245/.304/.347 with three home runs and nine RBI across 81 games with Atlanta and was designated for assignment in November.

The Padres already have a lot of options across their infield, so Pena will serve as insurance at the very least.