Seattle officially signs Bloomquist to 2-year deal

Utility player Willie Bloomquist officially signed a $5.8

million, two-year contract with the Seattle Mariners on Thursday,

bringing him back to the team he started his major league career

with.

The deal was agreed to earlier this week and became official

after Bloomquist passed a physical. Bloomquist said a combination

of the offer Seattle made and a chance to return to the Pacific

Northwest made the decision simple. Bloomquist will earn $2.8

million in 2014 and $3 million in 2015.

”A lot of teams had interest and I had couple of offers on the

table and was looking to better my position. When I heard Seattle

had interest I was excited,” Bloomquist said.

Bloomquist spent the past three seasons with the Arizona

Diamondbacks, appearing in 225 games and hitting .289 with 36

doubles and 63 RBIs over that time. Last season with Arizona, he

appeared in 48 games and had 139 at-bats.

The 36-year-old Bloomquist spent the first seven seasons of his

career with the Mariners. His high point came in 2006 when

Bloomquist appeared in 102 games for Seattle. He spent the 2009-10

seasons with Kansas City and Cincinnati before joining the

Diamondbacks.

Bloomquist guessed that Felix Hernandez was the only Seattle

player still remaining from his first stint with the club. He said

getting a two-year deal was important.

”It gives me security, which goes without saying, but it allows

me to know that it’s not going to be a flash in the pan, here one

year, gone the next,” Bloomquist said.

He said that based on his conversations with Seattle general

manager Jack Zduriencik that he’s expecting big moves this

offseason from the Mariners.

”In talking with Jack, he has some things up his sleeve that

are going to make us a better team,” Bloomquist said.