SAN DIEGO — Jurickson Profar, who played five positions for San Diego last season, signed a $21 million, three-year contract Wednesday to remain with the Padres.
Profar had been a free agent. He chose to return to San Diego, which improved significantly this offseason with the additions of starting pitchers Yu Darvish, Blake Snell and Joe Musgrove, and South Korea slugger Kim Ha-seong.
The versatile Profar likely will be coming off the bench. He started last season as the second baseman but was supplanted by rookie Jake Cronenworth and moved to left field, where he filled in for injured Tommy Pham. He also played two games in right field and one each in center and at first base. Kim is expected to compete with Cronenworth at second base.
“I don’t think it matters anymore,” Profar said. “I’m ready to help the team win a World Series.”
Profar said he wasn’t surprised the Padres still had money and the desire to bring him back after making the other moves this offseason.
“I think I did a good job last year. My teammates wanted me here and here I am,” he said.
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