Chris Denorfia and Padres Agree to One-Year Deal


The San Diego Padres have agreed to a one-year deal with Chris Denorfia.  The move allows Denorfia to return to the Padres outfield in hopes of continued improvement.  Denorfia was a bright spot when he played, and his return is a good thing for the club.  According to Dan Hayes of North County Times, the Padres tendered contracts to all other candidates as well.

Denorfia had his second best season of his short career last season.  He posted a 104 OPS+ last season after putting up a 114 OPS+ during 2010.  He really never got a shot in Oakland or Cincinnati combining for just 237 plate appearances in four years with those clubs.  With the Padres, Denorfia has already had 210 plate appearances in two years.  Denorfia has also surpassed his career numbers with the A’s and the Reds during his time with the Padres:

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2002 21 CIN-min Rk,A,AA 63 252 217 40 71 11 3 0 19 18 8 33 27 .327 .413 .406 .818
2003 22 CIN-min A+ 128 541 470 60 111 10 5 4 39 20 7 54 106 .236 .317 .304 .621
2004 23 CIN-min A+,AA 136 577 490 82 139 28 6 17 78 15 8 78 108 .284 .382 .469 .852
2005 24 CIN-min AAA,AA 137 583 511 90 162 29 9 20 87 12 6 58 92 .317 .391 .526 .917
2005 24 CIN NL 18 44 38 8 10 3 0 1 2 1 0 6 9 .263 .364 .421 .785 106
2006 25 CIN-min AAA 83 353 312 46 109 19 1 7 45 15 1 34 41 .349 .409 .484 .893
2006 25 CIN NL 49 120 106 14 30 6 0 1 7 1 1 11 21 .283 .356 .368 .724 84
2008 27 OAK-min AAA,A+ 47 213 198 35 60 13 1 2 20 5 5 12 32 .303 .341 .409 .750
2008 27 OAK AL 29 71 62 10 18 3 0 1 9 2 0 6 16 .290 .362 .387 .749 104
2009 28 OAK-min AAA 107 474 432 62 117 18 5 9 49 15 6 31 52 .271 .317 .398 .715
2009 28 OAK AL 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
2010 29 SDP-min AAA 34 134 121 17 37 10 4 2 12 7 1 12 18 .306 .368 .504 .873
2010 29 SDP NL 99 317 284 41 77 15 2 9 36 8 4 27 51 .271 .335 .433 .769 114
2011 30 SDP-min AAA,A+ 9 26 23 1 6 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 5 .261 .346 .348 .694
2011 30 SDP NL 111 340 307 38 85 13 2 5 19 11 6 28 49 .277 .337 .381 .718 104
6 Seasons 310 894 799 112 220 40 4 17 74 23 11 78 146 .275 .342 .399 .741 104
162 Game Avg. 162 467 418 59 115 21 2 9 39 12 6 41 76 .275 .342 .399 .741 104
OAK (2 yrs) 33 73 64 11 18 3 0 1 10 2 0 6 16 .281 .352 .375 .727 98
SDP (2 yrs) 210 657 591 79 162 28 4 14 55 19 10 55 100 .274 .336 .406 .742 109
CIN (2 yrs) 67 164 144 22 40 9 0 2 9 2 1 17 30 .278 .358 .382 .740 90
NL (4 yrs) 277 821 735 101 202 37 4 16 64 21 11 72 130 .275 .341 .401 .742 105
AL (2 yrs) 33 73 64 11 18 3 0 1 10 2 0 6 16 .281 .352 .375 .727 98
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/13/2011.

While Denorfia’s OBP has decreased slightly, his slugging percentage has increased.  His OPS+ is 11 points higher than his days in Oakland as well.  Denorfia has the power to be a 15+ home runs if given the time to play.

Denorfia is a good fit for the Padres.  He can play the outfield much like former-Padre Steve Finley, he can hit the gaps, and he can steal some bases.  Denorfia will probably never be an everyday player, but he is clearly an asset.  The one-year contract is good for both sides.

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