Mike Jacobs signed to Minor League deal

Colorado Rockies v Arizona DiamondbacksNo big roster news yet coming out of the holidays on the Mariners, as things still seem quiet across the MLB world with most teams stepping back to evaluate things over the Christmas break.

But I can report today that the Mariners have signed first baseman Mike Jacobs to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

Jacobs, 32, is a seven-year Major League veteran who hit 32 home runs for the Marlins in 2008. He’s played just 20 games in the Majors over the last three years while spending time in the Mets, Blue Jays, Rockies and D-Backs organizations.

Last year he hit .279 with 18 home runs and 60 RBIs in 101 games for Triple-A Reno and .211 with no home runs and two RBIs in 19 at-bats for the D-Backs after being called up on Sept. 19.

He spent all of 2011 in Triple-A ball with the Rockies, batting .298 with 23 home runs and 97 RBIs for Colorado Springs.

The left-hander hit 69 home runs and 224 RBIs in three seasons with the Marlins from 2006-08 and put up 19 homers and 61 RBIs in 128 games with the Royals as a first baseman/designated hitter in ’09.

For his Major League career, he’s batted .253 with a .313 on-base percentage and .473 slugging percentage in 569 games, totaling 100 home runs and 312 RBIs.

This seems mostly a move for organizational depth as the Mariners are pretty loaded with first base candidates at the moment with Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales, Mike Carp and even Raul Ibanez now slated into that mix.

But Jacobs is a guy with some left-handed pop and Major League experience, so they’ll give him a look this spring.

He becomes the fourth player known to have signed with the Mariners on a Minor League deal with a Major League camp invitation, joining pitchers Jeremy Bonderman and Jonathan Arias and catcher Jesus Sucre. Like most clubs, the Mariners usually sign 15-20 players as non-roster invites.

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