UPDATE: The Seattle Times says it’s a done deal at one year, $8MM. Weaver can earn another $1.4MM in incentives.
Larry Stone of the Seattle Times indicated today that the Ms and Jeff Weaver are nearing a one-year contract, as the pitcher would like to re-enter the free agent market after the season. (However, Adam Rubin says it’s for two years and about $16MM).
The signing would push southpaw Jake Woods to the bullpen. The Ms signed another southpaw, Arthur Rhodes, to help in the pen as well. Rhodes pitched for Seattle from 2000-03 before leaving as a free agent.
Both the Times and the PI indicate that Seattle’s second choice would be Mark Redman if the Weaver deal falls through. The Cardinals had offered Weaver a base of $6MM per season over two years, plus incentives, but they appear out of the mix. Same goes for the Bucs.