In Seattle Mariners news, the team has signed Mike Jacobs to a Minor League contract and extended an invitation to him for Spring Training. According to a report from the Mariners on Thursday (Jan. 3), Jacobs spent most of his 2012 season at Triple-A Reno before getting called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
During his time at Reno, Jacobs played first base and hit .279 with 18 home runs and 60 RBIs over 101 games. He didn't do that well with Arizona during a September call-up, though, which left him without a contract offer this offseason. Now he becomes at least the fourth player to sign a Minor League contract with the Mariners in the hope of making the team in March.
Jacobs is a 32-year-old first baseman who did have a few good years with the Florida Marlins. In the 2008 season he had 32 home runs and 93 RBIs for them, but he also posted just a .247 batting average. In fact, though he has shown glimpses of that power, he has never really posted a high batting average during any of his stops along the way.
This is another signing that comes with no risk for the team, but potentially gives the Mariners some depth if a trade or two is made before Opening Day. This isn't exactly the Seattle Mariners news that fans have been looking for, but maybe Mike Jacobs can help put pressure on some of the other players in the clubhouse to come ready to go for Spring Training.
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