The Los Angeles Angels announced the signing of free agent infielder Cliff Pennington to a two-year, $3.75 million deal. The veteran will make $1.5 million in 2016 and $2.25 million in 2017 with Los Angeles, as Jerry Crasnick of ESPN noted.
Another possible add on is if Pennington reaches a certain number of plate appearances. MLB's Alden Gonzalez reported that the 31-year-old could make up to $750,000 per year. It would allow the contract to reach $5.25 million at the most.
Pennington started the 2015 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In August, he was traded with cash to the Toronto Blue Jays for Dawel Lugo.
With the Diamondbacks, Pennington hit .237/.314/.281 with one home run and 10 RBI over 72 games. Pennington, however, struggled with the Blue Jays, hitting .160 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 33 games.
Pennington was drafted by the Oakland Athletics as the 21st pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. He took time to prosper in the Oakland organization and eventually made his way to the Big Leagues.
The best season for Pennington came in 2011, which the then 27-year-old hit .264/.319/.369 with eight home runs and 58 RBI over the course of 148 games. Over 794 Major League career games, Pennington hit .245/.313/.344 wit 30 home runs and 211 RBI.
Prior to the breakout season, Pennington struggled to get any offensive momentum going, but he quiet leadership was on stage. While the bat struggles at times, Pennington has the ability to teach younger players, which will give the Angels a head start for a race that has not even started.
''His defensive versatility, along with a veteran presence in the clubhouse, will be welcomed additions to the club,'' Angels general manager Billy Eppler said.
Pennington can play second base, shortstop, third base and anywhere in the outfield, which will help him to become a vital part for the Angels.