Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/6/12

Right fielder Chris Denorfia on Wednesday became the sixth San Diego Padre to get a contract extension this season.

Liking the "niche" he has found with the Padres, Denorfia accepted a two-season extension that will pay him $2 million in 2013 and $2.25 million in 2014. The 32-year-old outfielder made $1.165 million this season.

"It's a great day for me and my family," said Denorfia. "I've been grinding it out year by year, sometimes not having a contract. I am enjoying this year even if it's not exactly in a traditional role, and I'm excited about being part of what the Padres are doing."

Denorfia is hitting .290 this season with six homers and 30 RBI while forming a platoon in right with Will Venable. Denorfia has been starting against left-handers and is batting .333 against left-handed pitching with three homers and 19 RBI in 153 at-bats.

Denorfia joined the Padres before the 2010 season as a minor league free agent after his once promising career had been interrupted by elbow-reconstruction surgery. He hit .271 with nine homers in 91 games for the Padres in 2010, and last year he hit .277 in 111 games with five homers and 19 RBI.

Denorfia said the extension was worked out over the last couple of weeks after he and his agent decided to approach the Padres on the subject. "It came together pretty quickly," said Denorfia.

Said Padres manager Bud Black: "Chris has a great perspective on this game. He's very comfortable in who he is and what he does. This is a statement made by Deno and a statement made by the club.

"When you're talking about a number of different players signing extensions, it shows you that it takes all sorts of players to make up a good team, and he can be part of a very good team."

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sean Payton responds to rumors he might leave the Saints

NFL denies DeAngelo Williams’ request to wear pink all season

Arby's offers to cater Steve Spurrier's retirement party

WATCH: Antonio Gates catches 100th career TD pass

The Cubs win Game 3 loudly, set MLB record with six home runs

Report: Steve Spurrier retires as head coach of South Carolina


Blue Jays push ALDS to Game 5 with 8-4 victory over Rangers

Mike Moustakas fired up Royals with expletive-laced speech

Report: Big Ben wants to play, but longshot for Week 6

Ex-Celtic Terrence Williams denies ties to Louisville scandal

Did the NFL get major sports blog Twitter accounts suspended?

Clayton Kershaw: MLB 'bullied' into Chase Utley suspension

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Citi Field gave Chase Utley chilly reception

Mike Moustakas fired up Royals with expletive-laced speech

Clayton Kershaw: MLB "bullied" into Chase Utley suspension

Michael Jordan really likes Jeremy Lin

Texas governor makes embarrassing Astros flub

Ruben Amaro Jr. looking to become MLB manager

Steve Sarkisian fired by USC

USC enabled and snitched on Steve Sarkisian

Colin Kaepernick believes the 49ers could still go 12-4

Tommy Lasorda calls for rule change following Chase Utley incident

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker