Padres bring back Blum

The San Diego Padres today agreed to terms with free agent infielder Geoff Blum on a one-year contract.

Geoff Blum, 32, batted .229 (73-for-319) with six home runs, 15 doubles and 25 RBI in 109 combined games between the Padres and Chicago White Sox in 2005. Blum, who started at all four infield positions for the sixth consecutive season, batted .241 (54-for-224) with five home runs and 22 RBI in 78 games with the Padres before being traded to Chicago on July 31 in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Ryan Meaux.

Over parts of seven Major League seasons with Montreal (1999-2001), Houston (2002-03), Tampa Bay (2004), the Padres (2005) and White Sox (2005), Blum has a career batting average of .251 (596-for-2375) with 62 home runs, 127 doubles and 277 RBI in 791 games.

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