SAN DIEGO (AP) - Outfielder Seth Smith has signed a $13 million contract extension through 2016 after being told by ownership that it is committed to winning.
The deal was announced before Wednesday's game against Cincinnati. It had been in the works since before general manager Josh Byrnes was fired on June 22 and it came together in the last few days.
Smith will make $6 million in 2015 and $6.75 million in 2016. The Padres hold a $7 million option in 2017, or a $250,000 buyout.
Smith is making $4.5 million this year. He was obtained in an offseason trade with Oakland.
Assistant GM A.J. Hinch says talks were ''tricky'' because of Byrnes' firing, but added that Smith's desire to stay with San Diego and ownership's commitment helped overcome that.
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