Padres ink catcher Mike Piazza


Posted Jan 29, 2006


The San Diego Padres have reportedly signed catcher Mike Piazza to a one-year deal that will pay him $2 million with a mutual option for the 2007 season.

Mike Piazza, 37, holds the major league record for most career home runs by a catcher and is a lifetime .311 hitter with 397 homers and 1,223 RBI's in 1703 games.

He hit 19 homers a year ago - more than any Padres player hit - with 62 RBI's in 113 games. He batted .251 with a .326 OBP.

He had considered joining an AL team as a designated hitter, but instead will return to the West Coast for the first time since the Los Angeles Dodgers traded him to the Florida Marlins in 1998.

Piazza's numbers have declined over the last few years, not topping 20 homers since 2002. From 1995 through 2002 he averaged over 30 homers and 100 RBI's.

Piazza has always been below average behind the plate but he is expected to stay behind the plate for 75-100 games with San Diego.



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