11/13/2009 4:45 PM ET
Mariners sign Jack Wilson to 2-year Deal
Wilson played in 31 games for the Mariners following trade from Pittsburgh on July 29
Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik today announced that the club has signed shortstop Jack Wilson to a two-year contract. Per club policy, terms were not disclosed.
"When we acquired Jack Wilson we envisioned him being a key part of our ballclub over the next few years, today that has come to fruition," said Zduriencik. "We look forward to Jack's contributions and are excited that he will be a part of the ball club as we move forward."
Wilson, 31 (turns 32 on Dec. 29), appeared in 31 games with the Mariners in 2009. He was acquired by Seattle on July 29, along with right-handed pitcher Ian Snell, in exchange for Ronny Cedeño (inf), Jeff Clement (c/1b) and three minor league pitchers. He hit .224 (24x107) with one home run for the Mariners, missing extended time due to a sore left hamstring (Aug. 13-23) and a bruised right heel (Sept. 16-remainder of the season).
"I am extremely excited for the opportunity the Mariners have given me to continue my career in Seattle," said Wilson. "I am looking forward to competing for a world championship in 2010."
Wilson earned the Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding shortstop in the Majors in 2009 and ranked 3rd in the Majors for most "Web Gem" points on ESPN's Baseball Tonight. He led all ML shortstops with 27 runs saved (The Fielding Bible statistic) in 2009 and leads his position with 51 runs saved over the last three seasons.
Since his debut in 2001, he has made 1,143 starts at shortstop, 6th-most in the Majors and recorded a .977 fielding percentage at shortstop, 6th-highest among active players (min. 650 G).
Wilson is a career .268 hitter (1182-for-4412) in 1190 career Major League games with the Pirates and Mariners. He was named a National League All-Star and won the Silver Slugger Award in 2004 when he hit .308 with 41 doubles, 12 triples, 11 home runs and 59 RBI.