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Mariners sign Adam Kennedy to minor league contract

Jan 10, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

Adam Kennedy, Chris Denorfia

Adam Kennedy, whose $2 million option for 2011 was declined by the Nationals last month, has agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training from the Mariners.

Kennedy started 85 games for the Nationals last season, including 75 at second base, but hit just .249 with a .327 on-base percentage and .327 slugging percentage while failing to crack a .700 OPS for the third time in four years.

At age 35 he’s likely nearing the end of the line, but Kennedy may still be useful as a platoon player or bench bat limited mostly to facing right-handed pitching. There’s an opportunity for him to work his way into the picture at second base if he thrives this spring or Brendan Ryan struggles, as the Mariners will basically just be keeping the position warm for top prospect Dustin Ackley’s arrival sometime around midseason.

  1. apbaguy - Jan 10, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    .654 OPS. That would have placed him above the Mariners middle infielders from last year:

    Figgins .646
    Jack Wilson .598
    Josh Wilson .572.

    Jose Wilson, I mean Lopez, who will be replaced by Figgins at 3rd, had a .609.

    In addition to all the positive intangibles “he’s a winner”, a “coach on the field”, and “a great teammate”) Kennedy is actually an upgrade for the M’s.

    I don’t think the Rangers are scared yet.

  2. spudchukar - Jan 10, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Hey, Aaron he is a left-handed batter.

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