The Arizona Diamondbacks have reach an agreement with infielder Cliff Pennington on a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration, the team announced via a press release. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Pennington’s one-year deal with the Diamondbacks is worth $3.275 million. His 2015 salary will be raised $50,000 from his 2014 salary, which was $3.25 million.
Cliff Pennington has agreed on a $3.275M deal with the #dbacks to avoid salary arbitration.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 29, 2014
Pennington, a 30-year-old infielder, is coming off of the end of his two-year, $5 million contract that had bought out his first two years of arbitration-eligible years. MLB Trade Rumors had previously projected that Pennington would make $3.3 million for the 2015 campaign.
In 201 plate appearances for the Diamondbacks during the 2014 season, Pennington had a slash line of .254/.340/.350 with two home runs, ten runs batted in and six stolen bases over 68 games played.
His 2014 campaign was plagued by a thumb injury that caused him to miss two months of action. Overall, Pennington made good contributions defensively, playing second base, shortstop and third base over the 68 games he appeared in.
Pennington will look to bring the Diamondbacks a boost in the versatility department. He logged over 180 innings at shortstop, over 137 innings at second base and over 70 innings at third base. He is expected to take over as the team’s utility player, if he can stay healthy, for the 2015 season.