by Rick Randall of SeattleClubhouse.com, December 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm ET
Willie Bloomquist Profile
The Seattle Mariners have made their first signing of the off-season, and it is a familiar face that is coming back to town.
As first reported on Twitter by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the two sides appear to have agreed on a two-year deal, believed to be worth between $5m and $6m. Bloomquist, who was drafted by the Mariners in the 3rd round of the 1999 draft out of Arizona State University, is a Northwest native, having attended South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, WA. The 12-year MLB veteran debuted with Seattle in 2002 and played with the club through the end of the 2008 season before leaving on a free agent deal for Kansas City and then moving on to Arizona for the last three years.
Bloomquist owns a career line of .271/.320/.346 in 973 MLB games, 540 of which came as a member of the Mariners. Willie hit .263/.322/.324 in his previous time with the club and has posted a .683 OPS since leaving. The Mariners as a team have posted a .671 OPS over that time. The 36-year-old versatile right-handed hitter has played in more than 100 games at six different positions in his career and he's made 126 starts at shortstop in the past three years.