With contract expiring, pressure is on Padres manager Black
FEB 20, 5:26p ET | MIKE CRANSTON
Rotowire: Jan 16 / 12:55p ET
News: Alonso agreed to a one-year, $1.65 million contract with the Padres on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The former first-round pick (7th overall in 2008) struggled to a .240/.285/.397 batting line in 84 games before wrist and forearm injuries ended his 2014 campaign. Despite his struggles and injury history, new Padres GM A.J. Preller endorsed Alonso as the team's starting first baseman earlier in the offseason, and Alonso said just earlier this week that he feels he's back to 100 percent.
StatsLLC: Jan 16 / 12:00a ET
News: The Padres have agreed to a one-year deal with Alonso.
Impact: Alonso had a .682 OPS with 27 RBIs last year.
Rotowire: Jan 12 / 7:57a ET
News: Alonso is 100 percent healthy after undergoing forearm surgery last August, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impact: Alonso has been able to throw at full strength for over a month, and he resumed hitting Jan. 1, so he should be ready to go when spring training kicks off next month. A healthy Alonso is the favorite to open the season as the Padres' starting first baseman, but the team may use some sort of platoon at the position given Alonso's health history and .648 career OPS against southpaws.