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Mariners non-tender catcher Jamie Burke
12/13/2008 12:04 AM ET
SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik today announced that the Mariners did not tender a 2009 contract to catcher Jamie Burke.

Major League clubs must make contract offers ("tender") to every player on their 40-man roster who is not already signed for the 2009 season by Dec. 12 at 9 pm (PST). Players who are arbitration eligible for the 2009 season (in Seattle's case: LHP Erik Bedard, RHP Aaron Heilman and RHP Felix Hernandez) who are tendered contracts may either agree to a contract or advance to arbitration proceedings with the club.

Burke is now a free agent and may negotiate with any of the 30 Major League teams, including Seattle.

Burke, 37, appeared in 48 games with the Mariners last season, hitting .261 (24x92) with 3 doubles and a home run. He hit .341 (14x41) vs. left-handed pitching and threw out over 29% (5 of 17) of opponents attempting to steal a base. He made his Major League pitching debut July 6 vs. Detroit in the 15th inning and took the loss (1.0 IP, 1 ER).

Burke was originally signed by Seattle as a minor league free agent on Nov. 16, 2006. He appeared in 98 games with Seattle over the past two seasons.

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