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Beltre Not Happy About Mariners WBC Decision, Fields Signed, Philips Invited To Camp

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Not-so-happy camper: Beltre 'disappointed' over Mariners'
direction, WBC

      
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Adrian Beltre and the Seattle Mariners
aren't exactly on the same page right now.

He wants to play for his native Dominican Republic in the World
Baseball Classic. The Mariners, more specifically Major League
Baseball, don't want him to.

The Gold Glove third baseman sees the Mariners rebuilding all
around him following a 101-loss season. He sees team owners
trimming about $20 million off the payroll, choosing not to re-sign
RBI and clubhouse leader Raul Ibanez before he left for
Philadelphia in a $31.5 million, three-year deal.

Beltre sees his team trading away J.J. Putz to the New York Mets
and says, "We have no closer now."

Another disappointment would be missing the WBC. Beltre was
hoping to leave at the end of the month for that.

Beltre missed the final weeks of last season because he had
surgery to repair his thumb and his non-throwing shoulder.

He arrived at the Mariners' spring training facility in Peoria,
Ariz., yesterday. Beltre's $64 million, five-year contract ends
after this season.
      
Mariners sign top draft choice Josh Fields to $1.75M bonus
      
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - The Seattle Mariners yesterday signed top
draft choice Josh Fields to a contract with a $1.75 million signing
bonus.

The signing ended an eight-month impasse in negotiations with
the 20th pick in last summer's draft.

The 23-year-old right-handed closer from University of Georgia
will be on the field for workouts with the Mariners as an invited
minor league player this morning.

The Mariners had been offering $1.5 million for months to
Fields. He would have gone back into the draft pool had he not
signed before the next draft starts on June 9. Fields'
representatives, led by agent Scott Boras, were stuck on $2
million.

Fields had 18 saves, a 3.38 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 37 1/3
innings last season for Georgia. But he hasn't pitched in a game
since last June, when the Bulldogs were in the College World
Series.
      
Mariners add C Jason Phillips to major league camp
      
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - The Seattle Mariners announced yesterday
that they have invited catcher Jason Phillips to major league camp.

The 32-year-old Phillips signed a minor league contract with the
Mariners last week.

He replaces catcher Luis Oliveros in the Mariners' big league
camp because Oliveros has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his
left knee.

The Mariners say Oliveros will undergo surgery in about two
weeks. The team says he injured his knee while running after he
arrived for the Mariners' spring training at Peoria, Ariz., this
week.

At Triple-A Richmond last season, Phillips hit .275 (33-for-120)
with four home runs in 35 games.
            
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