Justin Upton open to signing a contract extension with the Padres before spring training

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Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio reports that Justin Upton’s agent, Larry Reynolds, said that his client is open to signing a contract extension with the Padres, but only if it’s done before the start of spring training. Upton is entering the last year of a six-year, $51.25 million contract extension signed with the Diamondbacks in March 2010. He’ll earn $14.5 million in 2015.

Upton, 27, went to San Diego with minor leaguer Aaron Northcraft in a trade with the Braves last week that sent Jace Peterson, Max Fried, Mallex Smith, and Dustin Peterson to Atlanta.

Upton hit 29 home runs and knocked in 102 runs with a .270/.342/.491 slash line in 641 plate appearances last season. He is expected to take over in left field for the Padres.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.