The deal was confirmed over Winter Meetings, and now it’s finally official – Miguel Olivo signs a two-year contract with the Mariners.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Olivo, right-handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro was designated for assignment. The Mariners now have 10 days to trade, release or outright Varvaro to the minors.
I was less than enthused with the Olivo signing. But I’m willing to give him and Jack Zduriencik the benefit of the doubt and see how it works this season.
Olivo, 32, spent last season with Colorado and hit .269 (106×394) with 17 doubles, 6 triples, 14 home runs and 58 RBI in 112 games. He had a torrid first half of the season, batting .325 (74×228) with 8 doubles, 5 triples, 11 home runs and 42 RBI. Prior to the All-Star break was in the top 5 among Major League catchers in: average (2nd-.325), slugging (2nd-.548), runs (3rd-42), triples (1st-5), home runs (T-3rd-11) and RBI (1st-42).The 2010 season marked his sixth straight to play a full season without being placed on the disabled list.
He was traded by the Rockies on November 4 to Toronto who declined his option, making him a free agent.
Over the last two seasons, Olivo ranks tied for 5th among Major League catchers with 37 home runs. Over the last 5 years, his 81 home runs are 5th-most in the Majors amongst primary catchers.
Olivo caught 40% (30 of 75) attempted base stealers last season, the 2nd-best percentage in the Majors behind Yadier Molina (44.4). He finished 2nd in the NL and 3rd in the Majors catching 30 baserunners attempting to steal.
Olivo played for the Mariners from 2004-05 after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox in the Freddy Garcia trade.