Baseball: Greene, Padres finalize $11M, 2-year deal
SAN DIEGO — Shortstop Khalil Greene and the Padres have finalized an $11 million, two-year contract, allowing the sides to avoid an arbitration hearing.
Greene will make $4.5 million this season and $6.5 million in 2009. Greene, who played in a career-best 153 games in 2007 after missing time in previous seasons due to injuries, can earn up to $500,000 more in 2009 based on 2008 plate appearances. He'll make $125,000 each for 525, 550, 600 and 625 plate appearances.
Greene was the Padres' 2007 MVP after hitting .254 and setting career highs with 27 homers, 44 doubles and 97 RBIs.
First baseman Tony Clark, meanwhile, needs to pass a physical before his $900,000, one-year deal is finalized.