SAN DIEGO (AP) Jurickson Profar, who performed 5 positions for San Diego final season, signed a $21 million, three-year contract Wednesday to stay with the Padres.
Profar had been a free agent. He selected to return to San Diego, which improved considerably this offseason with the additions of beginning pitchers Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove, and South Korea slugger Kim Ha-seong.
The versatile Profar seemingly will likely be coming off the bench. He began final season because the second baseman however was supplanted by rookie Jake Cronenworth and moved to left discipline, the place he stuffed in for injured Tommy Pham. He additionally performed two video games in proper discipline and one every in middle and at first base. Kim is anticipated to compete with Cronenworth at second base.
”I do not assume it issues anymore,” Profar mentioned. ”I am prepared to assist the staff win a World Sequence.”
Profar mentioned he wasn’t stunned the Padres nonetheless had cash and the will to deliver him again after making the opposite strikes this offseason.
”I feel I did a very good job final yr. My teammates needed me right here and right here I’m,” he mentioned.
The Padres ended a 13-year playoff drought final yr and beat the St. Louis Cardinals in a wild-card sequence earlier than being swept by the NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers within the Division Sequence.
”I feel final yr we made step one. This yr we have gotten even higher,” Profar mentioned. ”I am actual excited to begin going within the path we need to go, and that is profitable the World Sequence.”
Profar and Darvish are teammates once more after making their massive league debuts with the Texas Rangers in 2012.
”I am very excited. I will study extra Japanese,” Profar mentioned. ”Once I was with him with the Rangers, he taught me a variety of phrases. I am excited to maintain enhancing on my Japanese.”
Profar, who turns 28 on Feb. 20, was acquired by San Diego from Oakland in December 2019 and hit a career-best .278 within the pandemic-shortened season with seven homers and 25 RBIs.
He’ll earn $7 million in 2021, $6.5 million in 2022 and $7.5 million in 2023. He additionally has the appropriate to decide out after 2021 and 2022, changing into a free agent once more.
”I feel it is good for my motivation,” he mentioned concerning the opt-out years. ”I do not simply need to be right here, I need to get higher yearly. That is what we push for. Assist the staff any method I can.”
He earned $2,111,111 in prorated pay from a $5.7 million wage.
Profar has a .238 common with 59 homers and 222 RBIs in seven main league seasons with Texas (2012-13, 2016-18), Oakland (2019) and San Diego. He missed 2014 and 2015 as a result of a shoulder harm.
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