Wilkerson agrees to $3M deal with Mariners
Associated Press - January 31, 2008 6:35 PM ET
SEATTLE (AP) - Free agent outfielder Brad Wilkerson and the Seattle Mariners agreed today to a $3 million, 1-year contract, a move that could signal the team is close to acquiring left-hander Erik Bedard in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.
The 30-year-old Wilkerson is a left-handed hitter with 118 homers and 371 RBIs in 868 career major league games. He can play all three outfield positions plus first base, and the Mariners have discussed trading outfielder Adam Jones to Baltimore along with others for Bedard.
Jones, a top prospect, had been slated to be the Mariners' starting right fielder this season, replacing the departed Jose Guillen.
Wilkerson could make an additional $2 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $50,000 each for 325, 350, 375 and 400; $100,000 each for 425 and 450; and $200,000 each for 475 and each additional 25 through 650.
In 119 games with the Texas Rangers last season, Wilkerson had 20 home runs and 62 RBIs, while hitting .234. He also was with the Rangers in 2006, when a pulled right hamstring limited him to 95 games.
The addition of Wilkerson brings the Mariners' 40-man roster to 40 players. The team says he will wear uniform No. 6.
The Mariners will be Wilkerson's fourth big league club. He also played for Montreal and Washington.
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