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.