Aug 21, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs pinch hitter Cole Gillespie (2) hits an RBI single against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners Sign Cole Gillespie To Minor League Deal

The Seattle Mariners brought an Oregon native back home to the Northwest. He is a former Oregon State Beaver and was a free agent outfielder. It’s just not the one we were all hoping the Mariners would sign.

But the Mariners did sign former Jacoby Ellsbury teammate Cole Gillespie to a minor league deal with a presumed invite to Spring Training.

The news came in about a week ago, despite the fact that the Mariners inked him the same day they signed Willie Bloomquist.

Gillespie posted a slash line of .277/.361/.455 with 9 HR and 31 RBI in 74 games for Triple-A Fresno (San Fransisco Giants) in 2013. But in 78 games over three seasons (2010, 2011 and 2013) with three different clubs (Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs), Gillespie’s line is .225/.293/.337 with only 3 HR.

In the field, he has only committed one error in 381 big league innings (80 chances).

He will more than likely not make the big club out of Spring Training, but would more than likely be an early call-up from Triple-A Tacoma if/when the injury bug hits Seattle. With Corey Hart, Logan Morrison and Franklin Gutierrez all with question marks health-wise going into 2014, it may be sooner rather than later.


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  • drwheelock

    I actually like this move. Just checked out his FanGraph career stats, and the dude has GREAT plate disipline, and plays great LF/RF. He has no power, but was in the Brewers org until after a year Z left. So Z drafted him and is very familiar with him. Nice move to have a backup like this in the wings. He also has proven SB speed throughout his career 11-24 SB each year. He only had 1 yr with an OBP less than 300, but he’s usually got a 360-400+ OBP. Definitely a nice guy to have in the wings “if” injuries happen!