Updated Jan 22, 2013 - 10:07 am
Mariners close to signing a backup catcher
It is no secret that the Mariners have been in the market for another catcher and now it appears they are close to signing one.
Thanks to a good catch by Lookoutlanding.com, we find that there is a report out of the Dominican Republic that the team has signed veteran Ronny Paulino. A source tells me the deal will not be complete until Paulino can take a physical. I am also told that this will be a non-roster-invite situation.
Paulino has played in 573 big league games for four clubs over the last eight seasons, putting up a career .272/.324/.376/.700 line. He has put up impressive numbers against left-handed pitching, hitting .325/.379/.465/.844.
If he makes the club he most likely will not be battling Jesus Montero for playing time against lefties as Montero's development will be the priority. He would, however, be a nice right-handed bat off the bench in late-inning situations.
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