By Ben Nicholson-Smith [February 1, 2012 at 2:41pm CST] The Padres have agreed to sign Micah Owings to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training, Dan Hayes of the North County Times tweets. Legacy Sports Group represents the 29-year-old right-hander. Owings spent the 2011 season with the Diamondbacks, posting a 3.57 ERA with 6.3 K/9, 3.3 BB/9 and a 38% ground ball rate in 63 innings. A former starter with the Diamondbacks and Reds, Owings has pitched mostly out of the bullpen since 2010. At the plate, he has nine homers and an impressive .286/.313/.507 batting line in 217 career plate appearances. Kirk Gibson let Owings bat for himself regularly last year and asked him to pinch hit on one other occasion. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/02/padres-to-sign-micah-owings.html#disqus_thread Good addition to the lineup, err.... I mean bullpen We should keep him on the squad as a pinch hitter ha.