Padres release veterans DaVanon, Fick

Padres release veterans DaVanon, Fick

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.

In 11 Spring Training games, Fick was batting .130 (3-for-23) with one extra-base hit.

"They're two veteran players that came into camp that were battling for positions on our club," Padres manager Bud Black said. "They both acted and played with great professionalism, as they are, but the staff and [general manager] Kevin Towers, we decided it probably wasn't going to work for either of those two as we move closer to [the season opener on] March 31. We decided to do it at this time."

The Padres decided to release the two veterans instead of sending them to their Triple-A Portland affiliate in the Pacific Coast League.

"We felt our situation at Triple-A was pretty set with the number of young players we're going to have there, both in the outfield and in Fick's case behind the plate," Black said. "Those guys probably wouldn't get the at-bats in Triple-A that they'd want.

"These guys still have possibly an opportunity to get a Major League job with somebody else with another week to go of Spring Training."

With the moves, the Padres have 40 players, including five non-roster invites, left in Major League camp.

Alan Eskew is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.