Mariners Close To Signing John Thomson?

The Mariners requested medical files on starter John Thomson today and could sign him soon.  U.S.S. Mariner says it could be a one-year contract with an option for the second year. In my free agent summary I wrote:

"Thomson turned 33 in October.  Elbow soreness and a blister slowed him down in the beginning of the season, followed by shoulder problems from a mild labrum tear.  He’s going to take the rehab approach and hopes to start fresh in ’07.  Thomson made $4.75MM this year; he spent two years as a solid innings eater from 2003-04.  That seems like a long time ago."

Thomson would probably fit into the #4 or #5 slot in the Mariners’ rotation, leaving room for one more acquisition.   

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