Padres Sign Another Outfielder

Brian Hunter has agreed to terms with the San Diego Padres on a 1-year contract. The contract has not yet been signed, but it is a formality now.

Brian Hunter, 32, was released in July by the Houston Astros.

Hunter hit .235 with no homers and 13 RBI in 56 games last season before the Astros waived him. He hit .269 with 20 RBI in 98 games in 2002.

Hunter has played in exactly 1,000 major league games over 10 seasons, batting .264 with 260 stolen bases. He started his major league career with the Astros in 1994, was traded to Detroit in 1996 and returned to Houston last season as a free agent.

"I'm very excited about this opportunity to go to San Diego," Hunter told The Columbian.

Hunter, who led the American League in stolen bases (74) with Detroit in 1997, said he still has the speed to contribute at the major league level.

"The whole key to playing baseball is to contribute," Hunter added.

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