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Sorting through the Miguel Olivo contract situation

It’s been widely reported — including here — that free agent catcher Miguel Olivo signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Mariners. And the presumption thus was that he’d be earning about $3.5 million for the coming season.

OlivoMiguelMug10.jpgTurns out, neither number is entirely accurate, according to information obtained by

Olivo will actually earn $6.25 million for the next two seasons. While he is guaranteed to make at least $7 million from the Mariners, that includes a potential $750,000 buyout from the club if it declines its option for a third season in 2013.

The veteran catcher will make $2.75 million for the coming year — a $2.25 million base contract, plus a $500,000 signing bonus.

He is due to make $3.5 million the following year in 2012. Then the Mariners have the option of either giving Olivo the $750,000 buyout in ’13 or keeping him for that third season at a $3 million base salary that could rise to as much as $3.75 million based on his amount of playing time in 2011 and ’12.

While we’re talking contracts, the Mariners will pay both infielder Adam Kennedy and catcher Josh Bard $750,000 if they make the Major League roster. Both veterans signed Minor League deals recently.

Kennedy’s contract includes further playing-time bonuses that start kicking in at $50,000 for 350 plate appearances. He could earn up to an additional $450,000 if he maxes out at 600 plate appearances.

Bard has a similar deal, though his bonuses begin at 300 plate appearances and max out at $250,000 for 500 plate appearances.

Both veterans have language in their deals that allows them to request their release if they’re not on the Major League roster when training camp breaks at the end of March.

The full list of Mariners’ non-roster invitees

Veteran second baseman Adam Kennedy is the 15th player signed to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training by the Mariners, who usually bring in 15-20 candidates each year that way in the hope of adding depth and competition.

Last year’s group included infielder Josh Wilson and Chris Woodward, catchers Josh Bard, Guillermo Quiroz and Eliezer Alfonzo, relievers Chad Cordero and Chris Seddon and starter David Pauley, who all wound up playing various roles with the Major League club at some point.

In 2009, the non-roster invitee list yielded DH Mike Sweeney, reliever Chris Jakubauskas and catcher Jamie Burke, among others.

Of course, there are always a number of Minor League signees who don’t make it either. But it is a good way to find a few hidden — and inexpensive — gems and here is the list of non-roster signees landed so far this offseason by Jack Zduriencik and his crew.

Pitchers:Denny Bautista, Royce Ring, Charlie Haeger, Fabio Castro, Chris Smith, Justin Miller, Chris Seddon, Yusmeiro Petit

Catchers: Josh Bard, Chris Gimenez.

Infielders: Adam Kennedy, Luis Rodriguez, Sean Kazmar

Outfielders: Ryan Langerhans, Mike Wilson.

They’ll report with the rest of the Mariners next month in Peoria and it’s likely that a couple will wind up finding some role with the club this coming season.


Veteran Adam Kennedy added to infield mix

KennedyAdam.jpgSecond 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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