Mariners ink Scott Spiezio

Dec. 17, 2003 at 4:42 PM
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SEATTLE, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Switch-hitting infielder Scott Spiezio has signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners.

The deal, first reported on Monday, is said to be $9 million for three years. Terms were worked out last week at the winter meetings in New Orleans.

Spiezio, 31, likely also will spell John Olerud at first base. The son of former major leagues Ed Spiezio, batted .265 with 36 doubles, 16 home runs, and 83 RBI in 158 games for Anaheim last season. For his career, he is batting .261 with 91 home runs and 424 RBI in 2,986 at-bats.

In the Angels' championship campaign in 2002, he batted .285 with 12 home runs and 85 RBI, and hit a dramatic home run to spark the Angels' Game Six comeback against San Francisco in the World Series.

Spiezio, who earned $4.25 million in 2003, also can play left or right field.

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