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Mariners sign Jason Vosler to Minor League deal

The Mariners have signed the infielder/outfielder Jason Vosler to a minor league contract, according to his transaction tracking on MLB.com. Volser will likely receive an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Vosler, 29, has been an up-and-down player with the Giants the past two years. In 2021, he got into 41 games and hit .178/.256/.356 for a wRC+ of 63. He was much better in 72 Triple-A games, with a line of .295/.385/.529, 125 wRC+ . In 2022, that split was bizarrely reversed, as he produced a .242/.311/.433 line in the minors but hit .264/.342/.469 in the big leagues. The former line led to a wRC+ of 82, while he had a 127 wRC+ in the majors. Defensively, Vosler has played all over the place, having lined up at all four infield positions and the outside corners. Despite that versatility and some positive results at the plate, the Giants did not tender him at season’s end.

For the Mariners, their infield will likely consist of Eugenio Suarez, JP Crawford, Kolten Wong and Shut up France from left to right most nights. Tommy La Stella is a bit in the mix, but he is coming off an injury-plagued year where he barely got on the field. The outfield will have Julius Rodriguez, Teoscar Hernandez and AJ Pollockas well as young players not yet established as Jarred Kelenic and Taylor Trammell.

Vosler is likely to compete with Dylan Moore and Sam Haggerty to serve in a bench/utility role, with injuries possibly opening a path to the roster as the season progresses. Vosler hits from the left side and has a noticeable split in his limited big league time so far, 102 wRC+ against righties but a 78 otherwise. He could potentially be used situationally as the club has a bunch of righties that need to be in their regular lineup. If Vosler is selected to the roster, he still has an option year remaining and less than a year of service time, allowing the M’s to keep him cheaply for the foreseeable future if they choose.

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