Padres sign Oscar Robles

Peoria, Ariz. -- The San Diego Padres announced today that they have purchased the contract of Oscar Robles from the Mexico City Red Devils and signed the infielder to a minor league contract. Robles has been extended an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Oscar Robles, 30, appeared in 29 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006, batting .152 (5-for-33) with a triple. He spent most of last season at Triple-A Las Vegas, hitting .287 (79-for-275) with 10 doubles and 28 RBI in 86 games. Following the season, he hit .265 (66-for-249) with 13 doubles, one triple, five home runs, 28 RBI and 35 runs scored in 66 games for the Mayos de Navojoa in the Mexican Winter League.

Originally selected by the Houston Astros in the third round of the 1994 June Draft, Robles has a career Major League batting average of .262 (104-for-397) with 18 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 34 RBI over 139 games with the Dodgers (2005-06). He made his Major League debut on May 10, 2005 after the Dodgers purchased his contract from Mexico City on May 9. He batted .272 (99-for-364) with 18 doubles, one triple, five homers, 34 RBI and 44 runs scored over 110 games that season and ranked among National League rookie leaders in average (9th), hits (5th), total bases (134, 10th), walks (31, 10th) and doubles (7th). In addition, Robles ranked fourth on the Dodgers in at-bats, third in hits and third in multi-hit games (28) in 2005 while appearing in 54 games at shortstop (49 starts), 40 at third base (31 starts) and one at second (one start).

A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Robles played parts of six seasons in the Mexican League for Mexico City (2000, 2003-05) and Oaxaca (2000-02), batting .336 (671-for-1995) with 108 doubles, 17 triples, 38 home runs, 310 RBI, 381 runs scored and 26 stolen bases in 534 games.

Robles graduated from Montgomery High School in San Diego, where he set a then-record for San Diego Section in career hits (143).

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