Padres to re-sign OF Jurickson Profar: Source

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Padres to re-sign OF Jurickson Profar: Source

PEORIA, Ariz. — The San Diego Padres have agreed to re-sign veteran outfielder Jurickson Profar to a one-year major-league contract, a league source told The Athletic on Monday. The deal is pending a physical.

Profar, who turns 31 next week, will be back in camp in Peoria for a team in dire need of outfield help. Fernando Tatis Jr. and José Azocar are the only outfielders currently on the 40-man roster. The options besides two players include prospects Jackson Merrill and Jakob Marsee and fellow non-roster invitees Óscar Mercado, Cal Mitchell and Bryce Johnson.

Profar may now fit better as a fourth outfielder, but he at least brings experience and familiarity. Profar was a solid albeit unspectacular contributor for the Padres from 2020-2022, after which he opted out of the final year of a three-year contract. He subsequently signed a one-year, $7.75 million deal with the Colorado Rockies, but struggled before releasing last August. Days later, he rejoined the Padres on a minor-league contract. He soon rejoined San Diego’s big-league club, hitting .295/.367/.409 in 49 plate appearances.

For a team still seeking starting-outfield solutions, Profar figures to at least provide depth in left field. The switch-hitter made 90 starts last season in left. He also logged 18 starts at designated hitter and four starts at first base.

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