Jon Heyman of CBS reported an hour ago via Twitter that the Mariners are close to signing Willie Bloomquist.
Bloomquist is a Port Orchard, Washington native who spent the first 7 years of his career in Seattle after being drafted out of Arizona State University.
It appears it will be on a two-year deal, worth roughly $5-6 million. Willie could be poised to play a super-utility role, with time spent as an outfielder, 2B, 3B, and SS.
After having spent the last three years with the Diamondbacks in Arizona, it’s cool to have Bloomquist coming back home.
Obviously we are still unclear and uncertain on what role he will be playing in Seattle, but this is a very nostalgic and sentimental first offseason signing for the Mariners. Let us only hope there are more (and more substantial) ones to come.
For now just be excited the Mariners are doing something, and that they are bringing a local boy home to provide much-needed infield and outfield depth for a team thin on experience.
Look for a more in-depth analysis of the signing here at Sodo Mojo once the signing is finalized and the Mariners clarify their desired role for Willie.
But for now go M’s and thank God Jack Z finally did something this offseason!