Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Mariners made it official
Thursday and signed utilityman Willie Bloomquist to a two-year contract.
Financial terms weren't disclosed, but FoxSports.com earlier this week
reported it to be worth $5.8 million.
Bloomquist, a Washington native who spent the first seven years of his career
with the Mariners, appeared in just 48 games last season for the Arizona
Diamondbacks due to injuries and hit .317.
"Now that it finally 'official' I want to say thank you so much to the
@Mariners fans and @Dbacks fans for all of your support," Bloomquist wrote on
his Twitter account.
The 36-year-old is one of the more versatile players in the game, though,
having appeared at every position except pitcher and catcher during his
Bloomquist will likely provide depth in the middle of the infield for the
Mariners, who have youngsters Nick Franklin and Brad Miller at second base and
Through a 12-year career with the Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati
Reds and Diamondbacks, Bloomquist owns a .271 average with a .320 on-base
percentage, 103 doubles, 17 home runs, 207 runs batted in, 131 stolen bases
and 381 runs scored.
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