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01/31/2008 4:51 PM ET
Seattle Mariners sign outfielder Brad Wilkerson
Mariners sign versatile Wilkerson to one-year deal
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SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President and General Manager of Baseball Operations Bill Bavasi announced today that the Mariners have signed free agent outfielder Brad Wilkerson to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"The addition of Brad to our club gives us a number of different options," Bavasi said. "He is a solid left-handed bat who can play all three outfield positions and first base."

Wilkerson, 30, has played the last two seasons with the Texas Rangers. In 2007 he posted his third career 20-homer season (20 HR) and drove in 62 runs in 119 games. He batted .234 (79-for-338) while making starts at four positions (1B-47, LF-33, RF-12, DH-1). He was hampered by a pulled right hamstring that landed him on the disabled list for nearly a month (May 16-June 9).

"Brad is a hard-nosed competitor and someone that leaves it all on the field," said manager John McLaren. "He also gives us a number of options with a left-handed bat and being able to play a number of different positions."

Wilkerson was acquired by the Rangers prior to the 2006 season in a trade involving Alfonso Soriano. In two seasons in the American League, Wilkerson has hit 35 home runs and recorded 106 RBI. He spent his first seven professional seasons in the Montreal/Washington organization.

Originally selected in the first round (33rd overall) of the 1998 June draft out of the University of Florida, Wilkerson is a career .250 (730-for-2923) hitter with 118 home runs in 868 Major League games. During his Major League career, he has made starts in left field (348), center field (214), first base (176), right field (38) and designated hitter (13).

His best season came in 2004 when he clubbed 39 doubles and 32 home runs. Wilkerson is also the only active player to hit for the cycle twice in his career (June 24, 2003 & April 6, 2005).

This signing brings the Mariners 40-man roster to 40 players.
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