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Report has Spiezio going to Mariners

Dec. 15, 2003 at 6:24 PM

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The Seattle mariners have reportedly turned to versatile veteran Scott Spiezio, after plans to add slugger Miguel Tejada fell apart during the weekend.

In news coming out of baseball's winter meetings in New Orleans, ESPN Radio in Chicago said the 31-year-old Spiezio, who was a key component of the Anaheim Angels' world championship team in 2002, has agreed to a three-year deal worth $9 million.

The switch-hitting Spiezio batted .265 with 36 doubles, 16 homers and 83 RBI in 158 games for Anaheim during 2003. He is a career .261 hitter, with 91 homers and 424 RBI during eight seasons.

Spiezio, who earned $4.25 million in 2003, offers manager Bob Melvin some flexibility as he can play first or third base and left or right field. With Seattle, he could end up as the starter at third base.

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