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Mariners close to signing John Buck

Jan 14, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Seattle is “very close” to signing catcher John Buck to a one-year contract, according to Jon Morosi of

Buck has been a starter for most of the past decade, but he’d serve as a veteran backup to Mike Zunino with the Mariners.

Buck has always had good power for a catcher and smacked 15 homers in 110 games for the Mets and Pirates last season, but he also hit just .219 with a ghastly .285 on-base percentage and .648 OPS. He hasn’t cracked a .700 OPS since 2009, so transitioning to a part-time role at age 33 makes sense.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Drat! I was hoping that he would sign with the Marlins. If he had rejoined The Marlins, we would have had the pleasure of reading a magnificent diatribe by Old Gator.

    • Old Gator - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Well, then, let’s just pretend that he was a scrapheap roster fodder pickup by Scrooge McLoria’s crack team. I will, for the sake of brevity, merely quote Donald Duck: Wauuuuggggghhhhhhwaughwaughwaughwauuuugggghhhh!

      I guarangoddamntee ya that Scrooge McLoria still remembers that three year, eighteen million dollar albatross of a contract he signed with Black Hole Buck five years ago. But look at the upside: Buck provided VETERAN PRESENCE and taught Tweeter how to leave men stranded in scoring position. You can’t evaluate that sort of influence in terms of mere dollars and cents now, can you?

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:15 AM


    • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Based on the comment so far it would appear that John Buck has a very, very, very small fan base. At least among HBT reads.

  2. edelmanfanclub - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Good pickup, he’s got power and decent glove/game calling ability. You don’t need him to hit that much, he’s going to play on Zunino’s off days and help mentor him. I like the signing.

    • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      “You don’t need him to hit that much,” I’m not sure I understand that portion of your comment. It’s not like the Mariners have a great offense. Yes they added Cano but they lost Ibanez and at least for now Morales isn’t a Mariner. And based on Harts and Morrison’s recent history the Marines shouldn’t count on them to pick up the slack offensively or defensively.

      They can hardly afford to sacrifice offense in a division with the A’s and Rangers and even the Angels.

      • edelmanfanclub - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        I should have said, his offensive skill is not as important of a trait because of his role. Zunino’s offensive production is more important.

      • uyf1950 - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM

        @ edelmanfanclub, excellent distinction.

      • Reflex - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:50 PM

        ufy – You keep saying this but again can you recognize that Hart alone was more valuable in 2012 than Ibanez/Morales were put together? I don’t know if Hart can repeat 2012 or not after a year away, but even 80% of that makes him worth more than the other two combined, and this is with an additional slot in the lineup for another hopefully plus hitter.

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