Mariners reach agreements with five players to avoid arbitration
SEATTLE — Mariners center fielder Austin Jackson agreed to a $7.7 million contract for the 2015 season and avoided salary arbitration, receiving a nice boost going into his first full year with Seattle.
Jackson, acquired before last year’s trade deadline from Detroit, made $6 million in 2014.
The Mariners also agreed to one-year deals with outfielders Dustin Ackley ($2.6 million) and Justin Ruggiano ($2,505,000) on Friday, along with relief pitcher Charlie Furbush ($1.3 million) and first baseman Logan Morrison ($2,725,000).
Following Friday’s deals, relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen was Seattle’s remaining player in arbitration.
Ruggiano is expected to split time in right field with Seth Smith. Jackson is the expected starter in center field with Ackley in left field.
Morrison will go into spring training as Seattle’s likely starter at first base after making the move to the position on a nearly permanent basis last season.