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Mariners re-sign catcher Josh Bard to minor league deal

Jan 5, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

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Seattle has signed Josh Bard to a minor-league contract for the second straight offseason.

Last year he spent most of the first half at Triple-A before joining the Mariners for good in early July and hitting .214 with a .634 OPS in 39 games while backing up Adam Moore.

This time around he’ll compete with Moore for the job backing up Miguel Olivo, who the Mariners signed to a two-year, $7 million contract last month.

Bard has played for five teams in parts of nine seasons in the majors, and new Mariners manager Eric Wedge is familiar with him from their time together in Cleveland from 2003 to 2005.

  1. BC - Jan 5, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    If this guy could hit a little, he’d a very useful player.

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