Will Venable signs 2-year extension

Updated: September 3, 2013, 2:55 PM ET
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The San Diego Padres have signed outfielder Will Venable to an $8.5 million, two-year contract extension through 2015.

The Padres announced the deal Tuesday on their official Twitter account:

Venable, son of former big leaguer Max Venable, will make $4.25 million in each of the next two seasons.

After serving primarily as a platoon player for the first five years of his career, Venable has enjoyed a breakthrough 2013 season, batting .273 with team highs of 20 home runs, 49 RBIs and 55 runs scored. He leads NL outfielders with a .510 slugging percentage and is second in the majors to the Angels' Mike Trout (.588).

The left-handed Venable was San Diego's seventh-round pick in the 2005 draft and made his debut Aug. 29, 2008.

A Princeton graduate, the 30-year-old Venable has played his entire six-year career with the Padres, batting .257 with 65 homers in 652 games. He recorded at least 24 stolen bases in three straight seasons from 2010-2012. He is one of five players this season with at least 20 home runs and 15 stolen bases.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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