Padres avoid arbitration with seven players

San Diego, CA ( – The San Diego Padres will not face any
arbitration hearings this offseason after agreeing to terms with seven players
on Friday.

Six of those players — pitchers Andrew Cashner, Shawn Kelley, Ian Kennedy,
Tyson Ross and Dale Thayer and infielder Yonder Alonso — signed one-year
deals, while infielder/outfielder Alexi Amarista inked a two-year contract.

Cashner is the most notable returnee following a fantastic 2014 season that
saw the right-hander pitch to a 2.55 ERA, which would have ranked 10th in the
majors had he qualified. The 28-year-old had 93 strikeouts and a 1.13 WHIP
over 123 1/3 innings.