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• The Padres signed 31-year-old infielder/outfielder Brian Bixler to a Minor League contract and assigned him to San Antonio on Friday. Bixler is a career .119 hitter in 323 big league at-bats with the Pirates, Nationals and Astros. He was in Spring Training with the Phillies this year.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.