Mariners Sign Ryan Garko

The Mariners officially signed Ryan Garko to a one-year, $550K deal today.  Garko can earn another $525K in plate appearance incentives.  Gregg Bell of the AP first reported the agreement.

Mariners assistant GM Jeff Kingston recently spoke about targeting a right-handed hitter who can crush left-handed pitching while playing at first base or DH.  Garko, 29, fits the bill given his .311/.391/.491 line against southpaws over the past three seasons.  Garko was non-tendered by the Giants after the season.  The Mariners can retain him for 2011 and 2012 as an arbitration-eligible player if they choose.

GM Jack Zduriencik's take on the signing:

"We are happy to add Ryan to our Major League roster.  We think he is a player that adds versatility as a right-handed hitter with experience playing first base, designated hitter and catcher."

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