Mariners sign utility player Woodward
Veteran inks Minor League deal with Spring Training invite
The Mariners signed utility player Chris Woodward to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the club announced on Wednesday.
Woodward, 33, was a non-roster invitee with the Mariners last year and started the season at Triple-A Tacoma. In 20 games with the big league club, Woodward hit .239 with five RBIs while seeing action at second base, third base and shortstop.
He was claimed off waivers by Boston on Aug. 7 and played in 13 games in three stints with the Red Sox.
Overall, Woodward sports a .242 batting average in parts of 10 seasons with Toronto (1999-2004), the New York Mets (2005-06), Atlanta ('07), Seattle ('09) and Boston ('09). He has racked up 33 home runs and 191 RBIs in 640 career games. Woodward was originally selected by Toronto in the 54th round of the 1994 June draft.
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.