Thursday notebook: Mariners sign OF Leonys Martin, avoid arbitration
The Mariners can check one more item off their post-Holidays to-do list as the team has avoided arbitration with outfielder Leonys Martin, signing him to a one-year deal that Jon Heyman reports to be worth $4.15 million.
Martin, who was first-year arbitration eligible, earned $3.75 million as a member of the Texas Rangers in 2015. He receives a modest bump in salary after injury and a poor offensive showing last year. He is currently playing winter ball for Licey in the Dominican League, hitting .360/.441/.941 in 50 at-bats in 14 postseason games.
The Mariners have two arbitration-eligible players remaining: Charlie Furbush and Evan Scribner.
Mariners FanFest will take place Jan. 30-31. The team has announced the following players, past, present and future and staff and broadcasters as scheduled to attend.
• Current: Steve Cishek, Charlie Furbush, Chris Iannetta, Leonys Martin, James Paxton, Kyle Seager, Taijuan Walker.
• Future: Braden Bishop, Drew Jackson, Tyler O’Neill, Boog Powell.
• Past: Jay Buhner, Dave Valle, Dan Wilson.
• Staff: Jerry Dipoto, Scott Servais.
• Broadcasters: Aaron Goldsmith, Rick Rizzs.
For more on FanFest including activities and ticket information visit the FanFest page at Mariners.com.
We will have a special-edition Hot Stove show from FanFest on Saturday, Jan. 30 from noon to 1:30.