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Mariners make it official: Bloomquist is back

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on Dec. 5, 2013 at 10:34 am with 3 Comments »
December 5, 2013 10:34 am

OK, it’s official. Veteran utilityman Willie Bloomquist is back with the Mariners.

The club confirmed the signing — two years for $5.8 million — on Thursday after Bloomquist, 36, passed the requisite physical examination.

A Washington native, Bloomquist was the Mariners’ third-round pick in 1999, reached the big leagues in 2002 and spent seven years with the club before departing after the 2008 season when he signed with Kansas City as a free agent.

Bloomquist played most of two years for the Royals before concluding the 2010 season with Cincinnati. He spent the last three years at Arizona. He batted .317 last season when limited to 48 games because of two broken bones in his left hand.

The injury forced Bloomquist to miss two months, but he returned Aug. 28 and batted .343 in 26 games over the remainder of the season.

The signing marked the Mariners’ first major off-season move but came as rumors swirled of the club’s courtship of free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano, who is seeking an eight-year deal for $200 million.

Bloomquist has a .271 career average and .320 on-base percentage in 973 games over 12 seasons.

 

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  1. grandsalami says:

    if that’s a “Major” move the Mariners are in big trouble.

  2. Quinault says:

    I would say the first major off-season move was to find a new manager and coaching staff, followed by Chuck Armstrong’s announcement of his retirement. Yes spending any money is sort of out of character for the Mariners, but we haven’t even gotten to the Rule V draft yet. We have trading chips and cash to play with, so the winter meetings should be more than a spectator sport. We are in the game.

    Another major off-season move was to offer Kendrys Morales a qualifying offer, thus getting us in line for a draft pick should he sign somewhere.

  3. udub671 says:

    Yet another former Mariner coming back at the twilight of his career. Seems to be the norm…role player in Seattle goes elsewhere and finds some success, then comes back after his prime.

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