Veteran Adam Kennedy added to infield mix
Second baseman Adam Kennedy, a guy Mariners’ fans are plenty familiar with from his time with the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A’s, became the latest non-roster signing Monday as Jack Zduriencik continued combing the free-agent list for potential depth.
Kennedy signed a Minor League contract and will be given a chance to compete in Spring Training, which opens in five weeks now in Peoria, Ariz.
Kennedy signed on his 35th birthday, which is either an interesting coincidence or a reminder that he’s not exactly in his prime any more. But Kennedy is a career .275 hitter and capable infielder who could battle Josh Wilson and Matt Tuiasosopo for the utility infield role or even step up as a decent option at second base if needed.
Kennedy hit .249 for the Washington Nationals last year in 342 at-bats with identical .327 on-base and slugging percentages. A year earlier he hit .289/.348/.410 in 529 at-bats with Oakland.
He spent six seasons with the Angels from 2000-06 and was MVP of the ’02 ALCS.
So while Dustin Ackley might be the future at second base, he’ll get the chance to work with the veteran Kennedy this spring as well as Brendan Ryan, who was acquired from St. Louis by trade earlier this offseason.
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