posted on Jan, 4 2005 @ 03:01 PM
The Seattle Mariners will continue retooling today, when they’ll likely announce the signing of free agent Pokey Reese as their opening night
shortstop – a deal with significant consequences.
To make room in their 2005 budget for Reese, Seattle has sold the contract of veteran utilityman Jolbert Cabrera to a Japanese team that approached
the Mariners last month. And rookie infielder Jose Lopez, the 22-year-old who played 57 games in Seattle last season, almost certainly will begin the
season in Class AAA Tacoma.
Rushed into service last year after just 74 games with the Rainiers, Lopez played shortstop and batted .232 in Seattle – and while the Mariners were
impressed with his abilities, they didn’t think he was a natural shortstop. Reese, 31, has played the position 293 games in the majors and last
season was the Boston shortstop for 71 games. A career .248 hitter, Reese is a “small ball” candidate in the lineup, a player who can bunt and put
the ball in play.
After making $1 million last year with the Red Sox, Reese will sign a one-year contract with the Mariners today that will nearly double that, pending
the results of a physical.