Shortstop Alexei Ramirez reports to Padres spring training

BY foxsports • February 21, 2016

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) New Padres shortstop Alexei Ramirez reported to spring training on Sunday, ready to anchor San Diego's infield at age 34.

Ramirez signed a $4 million, one-year contract with a mutual option for 2017. He spent the previous eight seasons with the Chicago White Sox, who declined a $10 million team option.

Although his offensive numbers fell off last year, the Padres point out he played at least 154 games in each of the last six seasons and they liked his second-half play.

San Diego had been looking to upgrade at shortstop, where super-utility player Alexi Amarista made 78 starts and Clint Barmes made 51.

Says Ramirez, ''I'm grateful for the opportunity here.''

Also Sunday, reliever Jose Torres and catcher Christian Bethancourt reported after having visa problems.

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