Free-agent shortstop Alexei Ramirez agreed to terms of a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres on Thursday, pending passing a physical.
The 34-year-old Ramirez had spent his entire eight-year career with the Chicago White Sox.
Upgrading at shortstop was one of San Diego's top off-season needs. Alexi Amarista made 78 starts there last season while Clint Barmes made 51.
Ramirez was an All-Star in 2014. His average dropped to a career-low .249 last year.
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