Mark Loretta agreed to a two-year extension on Friday. The deal includes an option year for 2006.
Loretta has been the team MVP for the San Diego Padres in 2003, entering Friday's game with the Reds batting a team-leading .321. He also leads the team with 25 doubles, a .384 on-base percentage and 51 runs scored, and is third on the club with 51 RBIs.990 fielding percentage, which is second among NL second basemen.
Loretta came to the Padres after playing last season with the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros, compiling a career batting average of .293 over parts of nine Major League seasons.
The 31-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Padres on December 16, 2002, and is making $1.25 million this season. Terms of the extension were not immediately known.
Loretta Gets Two year Extension
MadFriars Top Stories
Sam Geaney on the San Antonio MissionsWe caught up with Sam Geaney, the Padres’ Director of Player Development for the fifth segment of our six part interview series on the top prospects in the system for 2016.
MadFriarsYesterday at 2:09 PM
MadFriars Interview Missions' Stu PaulThe San Antonio Missions got off to one of the worst starts in club history and finished the first half with a Texas League and franchise worst 22-48 record. Behind strong…
MadFriarsWednesday at 8:30 PM
Texas League Pitcher of the YearA resurgent pitching staff in the second half saved what was on the verge of being a historically-bad season for the Missions. Plenty of pitchers had a say in the turn-around.
MadFriarsWednesday at 8:22 AM
Texas League Player of the YearIn a rough year for the San Antonio Missions, only a few position players contributed consistent value throughout the year.
MadFriarsTuesday at 7:53 AM
Sam Geaney on the Lake Elsinore StormWe caught up with Sam Geaney, the Padres’ Director of Player Development for the fourth segment of our six part interview series on the top prospects in the system for 2016.