Pads sign Robles to Minor League deal
GM Towers believes veteran adds insurance in case of injury
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres signed infielder Oscar Robles to a Minor League contract on Monday and will give him a shot at earning a spot on the 25-man roster, general manager Kevin Towers said.The club purchased Robles' contract from the Mexico City Red Devils. A left-handed hitter who will turn 31 on April 9, Robles impressed Towers with his play at shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005 after Cesar Izturis was lost to an injury. Playing 110 games with 364 at-bats, Robles hit .272 with a .332 on-base percentage. With the Dodgers in '06, Robles batted .152 with only 33 at-bats in 29 games. "He's got a chance to make our club because of his versatility," Towers said. "He's a true shortstop, sure-handed and has the ability to play third or second late in a game. He will give you good at-bats. He gives us insurance should anything happen to Khalil [Greene]." Originally selected by the Houston Astros in the third round of the 1994 June draft, Robles is a native of Tijuana, Mexico, and has played parts of six seasons in the Mexican League, batting .336 in 534 games. At Montgomery High School in San Diego, Robles set a then-record for the San Diego Section in career hits with 143.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.