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01/03/2007 5:27 PM ET
Mariners sign infielder Sean Burroughs
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SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Director of Player Development Frank Mattox announced today that the Mariners have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with infielder Sean Burroughs.

"Sean was limited due to injuries last season, but has always been a high-rated prospect at third base," Mattox said. "He is a solid left-handed hitter who has had success over the years and it's clear he wants to get back on track as quickly as possible. It's a matter of getting him going in the right direction."

Burroughs, 26, was originally drafted by San Diego in the first-round (ninth overall) in the June 1998 draft and made his Major League debut with the Padres in 2002. Over parts of five Major League seasons with the Padres (2002-05) and Devil Rays (2006), Burroughs has a career batting average of .280 (431-for-1537) with 11 home runs, 63 doubles, 134 RBI and 179 runs scored in 440 games. He led all National League third basemen in 2003 with a .286 average and set career highs in nearly every major offensive category. He batted a career-best .298 the following season.

Burroughs was limited by injuries in 2006, hitting .190 (4x21) in eight games with Tampa Bay. He was acquired by the Devil Rays on Dec. 7, 2005 from San Diego in exchange for RHP Dewon Brazelton. Burroughs was optioned to AAA Durham on May 5, hitting .214 (28x131) in 37 games. After missing the entire month of July with a neck strain, he was released by Tampa Bay on Aug. 14.

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