The Mariners signed second baseman Rickie Weeks to a one-year contract worth about $2 million, with an additional $2 million in performance-based incentives included, according to a Wednesday report from ESPN’s Jim Bowden.
The signing is contingent on Weeks passing a physical.
Weeks presumably will back up second baseman Robinson Cano and add depth to the Mariners’ bench. He could also compete for playing time in a corner outfield spot.
The 32-year-old played his first 11 seasons of his MLB career with the Milwaukee Brewers, posting a .249/.347/.424 slash line and making an All-Star appearance in 2011. His best year came in 2010, when he hit 29 home runs, drove in 83 runs and posted an .830 OPS in 160 games.
Last season, he was limited to 121 games but hit .274 with eight home runs, 29 RBIs and an .809 OPS in 252 at bats before becoming a free agent.