Quintero rejoins Mariners on Minor League deal

Seattle Mariners v Boston Red SoxVeteran catcher Humberto Quintero, who played 22 games for the Mariners last season, has been signed to a Minor League contract by Seattle with an invitation to the club’s Major League camp.

Quintero, 34, hit .224 with two home runs and four RBIs in 67 at-bats for the Mariners in 2013 after signing as a free agent on July 26. He started 19 games while helping fill the void when starter Mike Zunino went on the disabled list for five weeks with a broken hamate bone in his left hand.

With Zunino and Jesus Sucre the only catchers currently on the 40-man roster, Quintero will add some needed depth at that position. Jesus Montero is also on the 40-man roster, but is expected to compete primarily at first base and designated hitter.

Mariners pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report in Peoria, Ariz., on Feb. 12.

Quintero has spent parts of 11 different seasons in the Majors, playing for the Padres (2003-04), Astros (2005-11), Royals (2012) and Phillies and Mariners last season. He played 24 games for Philadelphia in 2013 before being designated for assignment on July 24 and then being picked up by Seattle.

The 5-foot-9, 214-pound Venezuelan native has a career .234 batting average with 20 home runs and 126 RBIs in 468 games. He threw out seven of 14 attempted base stealers while with the Mariners last year and provided the game-winning two-run home run in an Aug. 7 victory over the Blue Jays.

Quintero is the fourth non-roster player signed to a Minor League deal this offseason, joining outfielder Cole Gillespie and right-handed pitchers Ramon Ramirez and Matt Palmer.

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