ANAHEIM, CA - The Angels today agreed to terms on a two-year contract with infielder Cliff Pennington. Today's announcement was made by Angels General Manager Billy Eppler.
"We are thrilled to add Cliff to the roster," said Eppler. His defensive versatility, along with a veteran presence in the clubhouse, will be welcomed additions to the Club."
Pennington, 31, split the 2015 campaign with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Toronto Blue Jays. After opening the season with the D-Backs, he was acquired by the Jays (with cash) on August 8th for minor league shortstop Dawel Lugo. Pennington was granted free agency November 2nd.
In 2015, the switch-hitting infielder batted .210 (44/210) with 24 runs, six doubles, three home runs and 21 RBI in 105 combined games. Pennington posted a collective .964 fielding percentage (244 chances) while making multiple starts at five different positions (2B, SS, 3B, LF, RF). He made postseason history in Game 4 of the ALCS as he became the first full-time position player to pitch in a playoff game. He appeared in three playoff games (1 PA) during Toronto's 2015 postseason run.
A native of Corpus Christi, TX, Pennington has spent eight big league campaigns with three different clubs, Oakland (2008-12), Arizona (2013-15) and Toronto(2015). In 794 career games, he has a clip of .245 (589/2404) with 282 runs, 110 doubles, 19 triples, 30 home runs, 211 RBI and 80 stolen bases. The veteran has logged a career fielding percentage (primarily as infielder) of .971 in 2,470 total chances.
The 5-10, 195-pound Pennington was originally selected by Oakland in the first round (21st overall) of the 2005 Amateur Draft. He played three years (2003-05) collegiately at Texas A&M University, garnering All-Big 12 honors his junior season. He and wife Missy reside in The Woodlands, TX with their two sons.