Mariners reportedly close to signing Bloomquist


Willie Bloomquist is apparently just a passed physical away from rejoining the Seattle Mariners.

Several media outlets reported Monday morning the South Kitsap grad will return to the team that drafted him out of Arizona State.

The Mariners are in need of a utility infielder, a role the 36-year-old free agent can fill. Bloomquist has played every position but catcher in his 12-year career.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported it’s a two-year deal worth between $5 and $6 million. Bloomquist is coming of a two-year, $3.8-million deal with Arizona.

Bloomquist hit .317 with a .360 on-base percentage and a .367 slugging percentage with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 48 games last season. He started the season on the disabled list because of an oblique strain. He also missed nearly two months in July and August because of broken bones in his left hand.

Bloomquist is a career .271 hitter with a 17 home runs in 973 games.

Bloomquist won a state title with South Kitsap in 1996 before playing for the Sun Devils. The Mariners drafted him in the third round in 1999. He played for the big club from 2002-08. He played for the Kansas City Royals for a season and a half before being traded to the Cincinnati Reds for help during the stretch run. He played the last three seasons with the Diamondbacks.

The Bloomquist deal is expected to be made official with a mid-week announcement.

 

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