SAN DIEGO — Cliff Floyd agreed to a $750,000, one-year deal with San Diego on Thursday, giving the Padres a veteran to come off the bench.
Floyd goes from playing in the World Series with Tampa Bay to a team that lost 99 games and finished last in the NL West. Tampa Bay declined a $3 million option on Floyd, instead opting for a $250,000 buyout.
Floyd hit .268 with 11 homers and 39 RBIs in 72 starts as designated hitter. The 36-year-old slugger was on the postseason roster until a right shoulder injury sidelined him for the final two games of the World Series loss to Philadelphia.
To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, the Padres designated right-handed pitcher Matt Bush for assignment. The Padres have 10 days to trade, release or assign Bush outright to the minor leagues.
Bush did not play in 2008 following reconstructive elbow surgery in August 2007. The Padres made the San Diego native the first overall pick in the 2004 amateur draft.