Pitcher has potential to earn $1.1 million

Updated: January 19, 2005, 8:02 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- Aaron Sele and the Seattle Mariners agreed Wednesday to a minor league contract that allows him to earn as much as $1.1 million, bringing the right-hander back to the Pacific Northwest.

Aaron Sele
Starting Pitcher
Anaheim Angels
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The 34-year-old Sele, who spent the last three seasons with Anaheim, was 32-15 in 68 games with Seattle during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. He would get a $700,000, one-year contract if he is added to the major league roster and would be able to earn another $400,000 in performance bonuses.

Sele, an All-Star in 1998 and 2000, went 9-5 with a 5.05 ERA last season in 28 games with Anaheim. He made four appearances from the bullpen to open the 2004 season, the first time in his 12-year career he didn't start.

He returned to Anaheim's rotation May 1, going 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA in six May starts. Sele, who has a 131-92 career record and 4.61 ERA, attended high school in Poulsbo, Wash., and pitched at Washington State.

Seattle also agreed to a minor league contract with infielder Ricky Gutierrez. If Gutierrez is added to the major league roster, he would get a $600,000, one-year contract that would allow him to earn an additional $300,000 in performance bonuses.

Gutierrez is a career .266 hitter in 12 major league seasons. He started last season with the New York Mets but spent the final two months with Boston, hitting .275 and earning a World Series ring.

He's expected to compete for a reserve job with Ramon Santiago, who played 19 games with the Mariners last season. Seattle signed free agent Pokey Reese earlier this month to be the starting shortstop.

Sele and Gutierrez were invited to the major league spring training camp also with left-hander Nate Bland and right-handers Felix Hernandez, Rett Johnson, Masao Kida and Dan Reichert.

Seattle also invited Benji Gil and Micky Lopez along with prospects Adam Jones, Ramon Santiago and Matt Tuiasosopo. Catchers Ryan Christianson, Wiki Gonzalez and Kit Pellow also were invited.

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