SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres and outfielder Will Venable have agreed to an $8.5 million, two-year contract that runs through 2015.
Venable, the son of former big leaguer Max Venable, will make $4.25 million each of the next two seasons. Venable was San Diego's seventh-round draft pick in the 2005 amateur draft and made his debut on Aug. 29, 2008.
``It certainly gives you confidence to go out there every day knowing that all that other stuff is all taken care of,'' Venable said Tuesday. ``All there is to focus on is playing and helping this team win games.''
Venable is hitting .273 with a career-high 20 home runs, and has 15 stolen bases. He leads NL outfielders with a .510 slugging percentage and is second in the majors to the Angels' Mike Trout (.588).
``I think he's very confident in who he is and what he does and who he is as a player,'' San Diego manager Bud Black said. ``All that is coming together as a player. At times it takes guys of four years of service time, or three plus where Will is, to really think about who they are and what they need to do to finally establish themselves.''