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05/05/08 11:01 PM ET
Mariners deal Norton to Braves
Utilityman swapped for player to be named later or cash
By Bob Sherwin / Special to MLB.com
SEATTLE -- Greg Norton, the veteran utility player the Mariners designated for assignment on April 30, has given the club a return on its investment. The Mariners, who had 10 days to release or trade him, worked out a deal Monday with the Atlanta Braves. The Braves will give the Mariners a player to be named or cash considerations. By trading him, the Mariners save a small amount on Norton's $550,000 salary. Norton, 35, signed as a Minor League free agent, was promoted to the big club from Triple-A Tacoma on April 11. He hit .438 (7-for-16) in six games. He was hitting .409 (9-for-22) with the Rainiers in seven games. This will be Norton's sixth big league team. He also played for the White Sox (1996-00), Colorado (2001-03), Detroit (2004) and Tampa Bay (2006-07). Norton was designated for assignment along with Brad Wilkerson when Jeff Clement and Wladimir Balentien were recalled from Tacoma.
Bob Sherwin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.