SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres outfielder Seth Smith signed a $13 million contract extension through 2016 after being told by ownership that it is committed to winning.
The deal was announced before Wednesday's game against Cincinnati. It had been in the works since before general manager Josh Byrnes was fired on June 22 and it came together in the last few days.
Smith will make $6 million in 2015 and $6.75 million in 2016. The Padres hold a $7 million option in 2017, or a $250,000 buyout.
Smith is making $4.5 million this year. He was obtained in an offseason trade with Oakland.
The Padres started the day in third place in the NL West at 37-47, 10 1/2 games behind San Francisco. The Padres haven't had a winning season since 2010, when they won 90 games and still missed the playoffs. Since then San Diego has had seasons with 91, 86 and 86 losses.
They're on their third ownership group since 2009 and the new general manager will be the third since Kevin Towers was fired late in the 2009 season.
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