Padres avoid arbitration with seven players

Six of those players -- pitchers Andrew Cashner, Shawn Kelley, Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross and Dale Thayer and infielder Yonder Alonso -- signed one-year deals, while infielder/outfielder Alexi Amarista inked a two-year contract.

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Cashner is the most notable returnee following a fantastic 2014 season that saw the right-hander pitch to a 2.55 ERA, which would have ranked 10th in the majors had he qualified. The 28-year-old had 93 strikeouts and a 1.13 WHIP over 123 1/3 innings.

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