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Mariners sign closer Fields from Georgia

Updated: February 16, 2009, 8:28 PM ET
Associated Press

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Seattle Mariners signed top draft choice Josh Fields to a contract with a $1.75 million signing bonus on Monday, ending an eight-month impasse in negotiations with the 20th pick in last summer's draft.

The right-hander closer will be on the field for workouts with the Mariners as an invited minor league player on Tuesday morning.

"I'm just excited to get it going," Fields said Monday. "I feel like a burden's been lifted."

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