Padres sign Bellhorn, Sikorski

The San Diego Padres today agreed to terms with infielder Mark Bellhorn and right-handed pitcher Brian Sikorski on one-year contracts.

Mark Bellhorn, 31, batted .210 (63-for-300) with eight home runs, 20 doubles and 30 RBI in a combined 94 games with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in 2005. Bellhorn was originally drafted by the Padres in the 37th round of the 1992 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign, electing to attend Auburn University. Over parts of eight Major League seasons with Oakland (1997-98, 2000-01), the Chicago Cubs (2002-03), Colorado (2003), Boston (2004-05) and the Yankees (2005), Bellhorn has a career batting average of .236 (435-for-1840) with 61 home runs, 102 doubles and 218 RBI in 603 games.

Bellhorn's best individual seasons came during 2002 when he hit a career-high 27 home runs, a Cubs record for a switch-hitter, and in 2004 when he established career-highs in batting average (.264), doubles (37), RBI (82), runs scored (93) and walks (88) as part of the 2004 World Champion Red Sox club.

Brian Sikorski, 31, has pitched in the Japanese Leagues for the past five seasons (2001-05), most recently with the Yomiuri Giants of the Central League. He went 7-1 with a 3.29 ERA (32 ER/87.2 IP) and 100 strikeouts in 70 relief appearances for the Giants in 2005. Originally a fourth-round pick by the Houston Astros in the 1995 First-Year Player Draft, Sikorski's most recent Major League experience came in 2000 with the Texas Rangers when he went 1-3 with a 5.73 ERA (24 ER/37.7 IP) in 10 games (five starts).

Also the deal for Adrian Gonzalez, Terrmel Sledge and Chris Young is expected to become official today. The executive staff with the Padres are now issuing quotes on the subject.

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