1/4/2014 3:15 P.M. ET
Padres ink infielder Conrad to Minors contract
By Joey Nowak / MLB.com
The Padres have signed 33-year-old infielder Brooks Conrad to a Minor League deal, though it does not include an invite to Major League Spring Training.
Conrad, who played in Japan last season and last appeared in the big leagues with the Rays in 2012, split time between Milwaukee and Tampa Bay in his last Major League season.
He has five years of Major League experience -- after debuting with the A's in 2008 and then signing with Atlanta, where he played three seasons.
Conrad spent last year with the Japan Central League's Hanshin Tigers, batting .175 (10-for-57) over 24 games.
The Padres have also signed former first-round pick and infielder Brandon Wood to a similar deal. Wood was selected 23rd overall by the Angels in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, and spent parts of five seasons with the Angels and 99 games with the Pirates. Wood, a .186 hitter in 272 career games, was released by the Orioles on July 26, 2013.