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02/21/2006 11:14 AM ET
Mariners agree to terms with Roberto Petagine
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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Bill Bavasi today announced that the Mariners have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with infielder Roberto Petagine. Petagine also received an invitation to Major League camp with Seattle.

When Petagine reports (he's expected tomorrow), the Mariners will have 63 players in camp: 31 pitchers (9 non-roster), 15 infielders (9 non-roster), 11 outfielders (1 non-roster) and 6 catchers (4 non-roster).

Petagine appeared in 18 games with the Boston Red Sox in 2005, hitting .281 with a home run and 9 RBI in 32 at-bats. He spent most of the season at AAA Pawtucket, where he batted .327 (87x266) with 18 doubles, 2 triples, 20 homers and 69 RBI.

Petagine spent the previous six seasons in Japan's Central League with Yakult (1999-2002) and Yomiuri (2003-04), winning three gold gloves at first base (2000-02), two home run titles (1999 and 2001) and one MVP award (2001). He hit .317 with 223 home runs and 594 RBI in 756 games, an average of 37 homers and 99 RBI per season. Roberto hit .322 with 41 home runs and 127 RBI in his 2001 MVP season, two years after pacing the league with 44 homers in his first season in Japan (1999). In his six seasons in Japan, he posted a .446 on-base percentage and a .633 slugging percentage.

He was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent in 1990 by the Houston Astros. He's played parts of six big league seasons with Houston (1994), San Diego (1995), the Mets (1996-97), Cincinnati (1998) and Boston (2005). His career big league numbers in 211 games include a .230 average with 15 doubles, 1 triple and 11 home runs.

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