Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/14/12
Signing as a minor league free agent isn't usually a milestone worth celebrating for a player. However, right-handed pitcher Sean O'Sullivan was happier than most minor league free agents after accepting a contract from the San Diego Padres that included an invitation to spring training. O'Sullivan is a native of San Diego. He was a fan of the Padres long before he was an all-section player at Valhalla High and a third-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels out of Grossmont College in 2005. "I've wanted to be a Padre since I was 4 or 5," said O'Sullivan, who is now 25. "But this was the first time I hadn't been controlled by a team, and (it) gave me a chance to sign with the Padres. When I became a free agent after the end of last season, I told my agent the Padres were my first choice. It didn't take long for a deal to be worked out. "I told the Padres I'm not looking for a handout. I wanted the Padres to sign me so I could fight for a shot in my hometown. The Padres ar...
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