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Alexi Amarista settles on $2.5M 2-year deal to avoid arbitration

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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.

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.

Padres avoid arbitration with Alexi Amarista, settle on two-year deal |

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.