01/21/08 10:08 PM ET
Padres sign Gerut to Minor League deal
Outfielder last played in Major Leagues with Pirates in 2005
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
On Monday, 30-year-old outfielder Jody Gerut signed a Minor League contract with the Padres. If the left-handed-hitting Gerut is added to the 40-man roster he stands to make $700,000.
According to the Associated Press, Gerut also could earn an additional $210,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.
Gerut last played in the Major Leagues in 2005 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. But he missed the last two seasons with a knee injury.
Gerut, who can play each of the three outfield positions, is a career .263 hitter with the Indians, Cubs and Pirates. His best season came in 2003, when as a rookie with Cleveland he hit .279 with 22 home runs and 75 RBIs.
It was also reported on Monday that the Padres have interest in Chicago Cubs outfielder Matt Murton. A report on FOXSports.com said San Diego could be looking to trade for Murton to play left field.
Murton, 26, has a career .296 batting average and .365 on-base percentage in three seasons with the Cubs.
As it stands, the Padres are looking at a Scott Hairston and Chase Headley platoon in left field. To date, they have signed three players with Major League experience -- Gerut, Jeff DaVanon and Chip Ambres -- to Minor League contracts and invited them to Spring Training.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.