Saturday, March 22, 2008

DeVannon and Fick given walking papers

Padres release veterans DaVanon, Fick
San Diego now has 40 players left in Major League camp

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Veterans Jeff DaVanon and Robert Fick, who signed Minor League contracts with an invitation to Major League camp with the Padres, were released on Saturday.

DaVanon, a 34-year-old outfielder, has played in the Major Leagues more than six years with the Athletics, Diamondbacks and Angels. He hit .213 in 39 games last season with the Diamondbacks and A's. DaVanon has a career. 295 average in 528 games in the Majors.

DaVanon hit .290 with one double and one RBI in 31 at-bats in 13 Spring Training games.

Fick, a 34-year-old catcher, has nearly nine years of service time in the Majors with the Tigers, Braves, Rays, Padres and Nationals. Fick hit .260 in 106 games with the 2005-06 Padres. He has a career .258 average in 846 Major League games.

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