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D’backs Avoid Arbitration, Sign SS Pennington to Two-Year Deal

By Michael Jenkins

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed recently acquired shortstop Cliff Pennington to a two-year deal worth $5 million according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. The 28-year-old Pennington came to the Diamondbacks this off-season in the trade for center fielder Chris Young.

Oct 7, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Cliff Pennington (2) hits an RBI single during the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers of game two of the 2012 ALDS at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The defensively minded shortstop hit .215 with six home runs and 28 RBI’s in 125 games for the A’s last season and will compete for playing time with veteran Willie Bloomquist and newly acquired Didi Gregorius. He is a career .249 hitter in five major league seasons, all with Oakland.

This leaves the Diamondbacks with only one arbitration eligible player left unsigned in outfielder Gerardo Parra. The versatile outfielder is beleived to be seeking a deal worth close to $3 million per season according to the Arizona Republic