The Mariners announced today they have re-signed catcher Jamie Burke.
He was cut loose by the Mariners on Dec. 12 when he was not offered a contract, becoming a free agent. He has agreed to a minor-league contract for 2009.
His career stats are here from baseball-reference.com
Burke played in 48 games last year with the Mariners, hitting .261. The 37-year-old originally signed with Seattle as a minor-league free agent in Nov. of 2006, and has played in 98 games with the team over the past two seasons.
Last season Burke made his major-league pitching debut on July 6 vs. Detroit. He pitched the 15th inning and took the loss when he gave up one earned run.
(At this point in the original post, it said Burke is one of four catchers on the 40-man roster. He is not. Thanks to those who pointed that out. Burke is a non-roster invitee to spring training, where he’ll join Kenji Johjima, Jeff Clement and Rob Johnson, the three catchers who ARE on the Mariners’ 40-man. Thanks again).