Willie Bloomquist Coming Home to the Mariners

Sept. 4, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Didi Gregorius (not pictured) drops dirt on the head of infielder Willie Bloomquist as they celebrate his walk off single in the 10th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

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!


Topics: Seattle Mariners

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  • maqman

    This is a dumb, stupid move and far too typical for this loser ball team. Go read the depressing numbers at USSM. We could have had Dioner Novarro on the same contract. I no longer believe Z knows what the hell he is doing, he should go, soon.

  • tedsfrozenhead

    Magman ~ This is a great move. Bloomquist is the ultimate utility guy and great teams all have one. I’m not saying the M’s are anywhere near great but this is a step in the right direction. He can play 2ns, SS and 3rd as well as the corner outfield spots and has a decent line. A lot more decent than Lillibridge as JJ was promoting. He is also a great clubhouse guy who gets a lot of credit from Adam Jones for helping make him the player he is today. I called this one as a good move a month ago.

    In your face JJ

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