Padres sign INF Jake Cronenworth to new seven-year contract

April 1st, 2023

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres have signed infielder Jake Cronenworth to a new seven-year contract extension through the 2030 season, President of Baseball Operations and General Manager A.J. Preller announced today.

Cronenworth was selected to his second consecutive All-Star Game in 2022, batting .239 (140-for-587) with a .332 OBP, .722 OPS, 30 doubles, four triples, 17 home runs, 88 RBI, three stolen bases and 70 walks in 158 games played for the Padres last season.  Between the regular season and postseason, the 29-year-old infielder played in 170 games, the third most of any big leaguer behind only Philadelphia’s Rhys Hoskins (173) and Kyle Schwarber (172).  Cronenworth also led the team in games played during the regular season, at-bats, triples and hit by pitch (16) while ranking second behind Manny Machado in runs (88) and RBI.  His 3.4 WAR was good for fourth highest on the team behind only Machado (6.2), Ha-Seong Kim (4.8) and Juan Soto (4.7).  In Game 4 of the National League Division Series, Cronenworth lined a two-out, two-run single to center against the Los Angeles Dodgers and put the Padres up for good to send them to their third National League Championship Series in franchise history.  Between 2020 and 2022, Cronenworth’s 18 total postseason hits rank second in franchise history, trailing only Tony Gwynn’s 33 postseason hits.

The 2020 National League Rookie of the Year runner-up has batted .256 (340-for-1,326) with a .338 OBP, .431 SLG, .770 OPS, 78 doubles, 14 triples, 42 home runs, 179 RBI, 10 stolen bases, 143 walks and 208 runs scored in 364 career games (all with San Diego).  Cronenworth was named to Baseball America’s Major League All-Rookie Team while being named Baseball Digest’s 2020 Rookie of the Year after hitting .285 (49-for-172) with 15 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games during the pandemic-shortened season.  After being named to his first All-Star Game, he became the third Padre in history to hit for the cycle on July 16, 2021 at Washington and finished the 2021 season first on the team in doubles (33) and triples (7) while ranking second in runs scored (94) and third in hits (151).  Cronenworth has appeared in 18 career postseason games, batting .281 (18-for-64) with a triple, two home runs and nine RBI during the playoffs.  He was originally selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 7th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Michigan where he served as a two-way player and appeared as both an infielder and pitcher for the Wolverines.