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Mariners sign Corey Patterson

Apr 30, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

Corey Patterson AP

Corey Patterson was without a job after not playing in the majors last season, but the 33-year-old outfielder has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mariners.

Patterson never lived up to the hype he received as a prospect and former No. 3 overall pick, but he managed to stick around for more than a decade based mostly on his speed and range defensively. He’s a career .252 hitter with a ghastly .290 on-base percentage and .400 slugging percentage, but has logged 4,500 plate appearances while earning $15 million.

And now he’ll head to extended spring training and then Triple-A, waiting to see if the Mariners need any outfield reinforcements. He spent all of last season at Triple-A for the Brewers and didn’t play very well.

  1. jm91rs - Apr 30, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Nice picture. I can guarantee you that he fell to the ground and that ball soared 4 feet over his head.

  2. digbysellers - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Was Jody Gerut unavailable?

    • tuberippin - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Jack Z loves him some re-treads. First Jason Bay, now Corey Patterson.

      Also, Corey Patterson is only 33? Seems like he’s been around forever.

    • dwrek5 - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      Can’t tell if you’re joking are serious, but either way I like it! #myboy

  3. jediofapathy - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Despite being a generally worthless non-roster bench player, he won a ring with Ryan Theriot in 2011. So if you hate the Cubs….that’s pretty funny!

  4. fearthehoody - Apr 30, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Milton Bradley comeback???

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    I remember this guy would strikeout a lot, seems like a great fit for the bluejays

  6. denny65 - May 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Why didn’t Jack Z. just call up Casper Wells? Or Mike Carp? Oh, wait….

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