Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI Jan 22 '13

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks are discussing a two-year deal with Cliff Pennington's agent.

The two sides were $1 million apart when arbitration figures were exchanged last week, but it sounds like Arizona would prefer to buy out the shortstop's first two arbitration years. Pennington will compete with Didi Gregorius for the starting job at short this spring.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI Jan 18 '13

Cliff Pennington requested $2.8 million and was offered $1.8 million from the Diamondbacks when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

Pennington seems slated to earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.3 million in his debut season with the D'Backs. With the recent acquisition of Didi Gregorius, the light-hitting Pennington will have to earn the starting shortstop position this spring.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI Oct 20 '12

Diamondbacks acquired INFs Cliff Pennington and Yordy Cabrera from the Athletics for OF Chris Young.

Pennington solves the Diamondbacks' problem at shortstop for 2013. He's far from a strong hitter, but the 28-year-old plays good defense and should see significant offensive improvement moving from the O.Co Coliseum to Chase Field. Pennington is arbitration-eligible this winter.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI Sep 23 '12

Cliff Pennington went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

A rare big day at the plate for the light-hitting infielder. Pennington's two-run blast in the second extended the A's lead to 3-0, and his RBI single in the sixth put the team ahead for good. He's now batting .219 for the season.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI Aug 07 '12

Athletics activated SS Cliff Pennington from the 15-day disabled list.

Pennington went 5-for-11 (.455) with three walks on his three-game rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento. The A's were going to have him spend a week on the farm, but he's clearly already back in the groove offensively.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI Aug 05 '12

Cliff Pennington's (elbow) rehab assignment could be a lengthy one.

The A's not only want to make sure Pennington is healthy, but they'd like for him to get in a groove at the plate before being activated. He's off to a good start at Triple-A Sacramento, picking up three hits in his first seven at-bats. In the meantime, the A's will continue to go with a combination of Adam Rosales, Eric Sogard and Brandon Hicks at shortstop.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI Aug 01 '12

Cliff Pennington (elbow) is scheduled to hit on the field Thursday.

Barring any setbacks, he will begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Sacramento. The 28-year-old shortstop shouldn't need many games to get ready.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI Jul 30 '12

Cliff Pennington (elbow) hit off a tee Sunday for the first time since landing on the disabled list.

The A's still aren't sure on a timetable for the 28-year-old shortstop, but he's obviously getting closer. Brandon Hicks and Eric Sogard will continue to fill in.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI Jun 05 '12

Cliff Pennington went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored on Monday, snapping an 0-for-29 skid in the process.

His last hit was a single on May 22. Like many of his teammates, Pennington has struggled mightily at the plate this season, and now owns a .196/.251/.270 batting line.

Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI May 27 '12

Cliff Pennington went hitless in a fourth straight game Sunday, dropping his average to .206.

Pennington has a long way to go if he's going to post a .687 OPS for the third straight season; he's at .544 right now. The A's, though, will live with the bat since he remains one of the league's top defenders at shortstop.