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Bloomquist returning to Mariners

December 2nd, 2013 at Mon, 2nd, 2013 at 11:48 am by chrischancellor

South Kitsap graduate Willie Bloomquist has reached an agreement to return to the Seattle Mariners, according to several sources.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Bloomquist will sign a two-year, $5 million contract with the Mariners. He originally was drafted by Seattle in 1999 out of Arizona State and played with the Mariners from 2002-08. Since leaving Seattle, Bloomquist has played for Kansas City, Cincinnati and Arizona. In 48 games last season with the Diamondbacks, Bloomquist hit .317 and had a .360 on-base percentage.

Bloomquist, who has played second base, shortstop, third base and outfield in recent years, figures to serve as a backup in a youthful Mariners infield. Kyle Seager and Brad Miller are entrenched as the starters at third base and shortstop, respectively, while Dustin Ackley and Nick Franklin are expected to compete for the job at second base unless one is traded.

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