Estes, Greene signed to minor league deals

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres announced Saturday that they have agreed to terms on Minor League contracts with left-handed pitcher Shawn Estes and catcher Todd Greene.

Shawn Estes and Todd Greene were extended invitations to Major League Spring Training.

Estes made one start for the Padres in 2006, suffering the loss after allowing three runs over 6.0 innings April 5 against the Giants. The 33-year-old was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 7 (retroactive to April 6) with a strained left elbow and underwent successful "Tommy John" ligament-replacement surgery on the elbow June 7. Estes was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 25.

A veteran of 12 Major League seasons with the San Francisco Giants (1995-2001), New York Mets (2002), Cincinnati Reds (2002), Chicago Cubs (2003), Colorado Rockies (2004), Arizona Diamondbacks (2005) and Padres (2006), Estes has a career record of 99-90 with a 4.71 ERA (856 earned runs in 1,634 2/3 innings) in 274 games (273 starts). He won a career-high 19 games with the Giants in 1997 and currently ranks among active left-handed leaders in wins (99, 12th), complete games (14, 13th), shutouts (eight, tied for ninth) and strikeouts (1,191, 10th).

Greene, 35, played in 61 games for San Francisco in 2006 and hit .289 (46-for-159) with 12 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 17 RBIs and 16 runs scored. He batted .326 (44-for-135) with 11 doubles, two home runs and 16 RBIs in 37 starts behind the plate. Greene made 42 appearances at catcher and also played in five games at first base.

Over parts of 11 Major League seasons with the California/Anaheim Angels (1996-99), Toronto Blue Jays (2000), New York Yankees (2001), Texas Rangers (2002-03), Rockies (2004-05) and Giants (2006), Greene has a career batting average of .252 (397-for-1573) with 82 doubles, 71 home runs and 217 RBIs in 536 games.

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