Everyone's favorite everyday shortstop Alexi Amarista has avoided arbitration by signing a two year $2.5 million contract. He'll get $1.1 million in his first year and $1.3 million in his second, plus a $100k signing bonus. Manager Bud Black and a small group of fans that crush on Amarista are said to be stoked out of their minds.
Alexi amarista, padres agree to $2.5M, 2-year deal— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 16, 2015
As much as the Padres outfield has improved in the off-season the infield still looks relatively weak at this point. One would hope that A.J. Preller still has a few tricks up his sleeve to upgrade the powerless positions.
General Manager A.J. Preller, who has overhauled the offense in most other places, might still seek an upgrade. If he does, Amarista may return a utility role.
Amarista is cheap and isn't a bad guy to have off the bench. I admit I have a fun time watching him play because he's so little. I, for one, welcome him with open arms.