Mariners have two-year deal with versatile Bloomquist

Updated: January 17, 2006, 6:34 PM ET
Associated Press

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners and utility player Willie Bloomquist agreed Tuesday to a two-year contract worth $1,525,000.

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM HR RBI R OBP AVG
82 0 22 27 .289 .257

The deal is pending a physical. Pitcher Gil Meche is the only Seattle player remaining in arbitration.

Seattle used Bloomquist's versatility last season, when the 28-year-old played at first (one game), second (32 games), third (six games), shortstop (24 games) and the outfield (15 games).

Bloomquist had career-highs in at-bats (249), batting average (.257), doubles (15), RBI (22) and stolen bases (14) last season. He is hitting .261 in 267 career games.

"He helps us in a variety of roles, including the ability to steal a base and play almost any position on the field," general manager Bill Bavasi said.

Bloomquist tied a team record with three doubles July 6 against Kansas City, but his season ended early after he was placed on the disabled list Aug. 30 with a strained left hamstring.

He gets a $50,000 signing bonus, $625,000 this year and $850,000 in 2007. He can earn $150,000 om performance bonuses this year based on plate appearances and $250,000 in 2007. In addition, his 2007 salary can escalate by up to $250,000.

Meche asked for a raise from $2,535,000 to $4.2 million and was offered $3.35 million.


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