Venable, Padres agree $2,675,000, 1-year deal

Outfielder Will Venable and the San Diego Padres have avoided

salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth

$2,675,000, a raise of $1.2 million.

The 30-year-old hit .264 last year with nine homers and 45

RBIs.

Seven Padres remain in arbitration: shortstop Everth Cabrera;

third baseman Chase Headley; right-handers Edinson Volquez and Luke

Gregerson; left-handers Clayton Richard and Joe Thatcher; and

catcher John Baker.