Padres sign four minor league free agents

Edgar Gonzalez

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Padres today agreed to terms with minor league free agents Edgar Gonzalez (INF), Chip Ambres (OF), Adam Bass (RHP) and Marshall McDougall (INF).

Edgar Gonzalez, 29, played in 126 games for Triple-A Memphis (Cardinals) last season, primarily at second base (94 games). He hit .308 (142-for-461) with 34 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 53 RBI, 64 runs scored and 50 walks. Gonzalez hit at a .364 clip (80-for-226) on the road, with seven of his eight home runs coming away from home. The San Diego native and older brother of Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez attended San Diego State University. Over parts of eight minor league seasons with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2000-03), Texas Rangers (2004), Washington Nationals (2005), Florida Marlins (2006) and St. Louis Cardinals (2007), Gonzalez has a career .297 average (876-for-2952) with 204 doubles, 29 triples, 60 home runs, 407 RBI, 422 runs scored and 360 walks in 855 games.

Adam Bass, 26, appeared in 19 games (four starts) for Triple-A Tucson (Diamondbacks) last year, going 3-1 with a 2.16 ERA (12 ER/50.0 IP), 35 strikeouts and 16 walks before spending the second half of 2007 with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. Over parts of five minor league seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization (2003-07), Bass has a career record of 29-26 with three saves, a 4.12 ERA (256 ER/559.0 IP), 416 strikeouts and 175 walks in 130 games (87 starts).

Chip Ambres hit .274 (117-for-427) in 120 games for Triple-A New Orleans (Mets) in 2007. The right-handed outfielder appeared in 109 games in left field, six in right and five in center. Ambres collected 23 doubles, 21 home runs, 71 RBI, 80 runs scored and 71 walks on the year. Over parts of eight minor league seasons with the Florida Marlins (1999-2004), Boston Red Sox (2005), Kansas City Royals (2006) and New York Mets (2007) organizations, he has a career .257 average (815-for-3175) with 185 doubles, 42 triples, 91 home runs, 389 RBI, 568 runs scored and 496 walks in 892 minor league games.

The 27-year-old reached the Major Leagues in 2005, appearing in 53 games for the Royals and again in 2007 with the Mets (three games). In his combined 56 Big League games, he is 36-for-148 (.243) with eight doubles, four home runs, 10 RBI, 25 runs scored and 16 walks.

Marshall McDougall, 28, split the 2007 season between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A Las Vegas in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He combined to hit .283 (146-for-515) with 36 doubles, one triple, 22 home runs 95 RBI, 72 runs scored and 32 walks in 139 games. Over parts of eight minor league seasons in the Oakland Athletics (2000-02), Cleveland Indians (2002), Texas Rangers (2003-06) and Dodgers (2007) organizations, McDougall has a career .281 average (757-for-2690), 144 doubles, 22 triples, 91 home runs, 476 RBI, 412 runs scored and 270 walks in 706 games.

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