Veteran utility infielder Chris Woodward signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners and will be invited to spring training this year - the same situation he found himself in last spring.
That worked out well for Woodward and the team, as the 33-year-old played in 20 games after third baseman Adrian Beltre was injured late in the season.
"Chris played an important role for us in 2009 and filled gaps when needed," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "He is a great guy and served as a role model and a mentor as well as contributor on the field. We are happy that he will be returning to the Mariners organization and we look forward to his continued contributions in 2010."
Woodward, 33, batted .239 (with 5 RBI, seeing action at shortstop, second and third base. He was claimed off waivers by Boston on Aug. 7 and played in 13 games in three stints with the Red Sox.
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Woodward has played parts of 10 Major League seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays (1999-2004), New York Mets (2005-06), Atlanta Braves (2007), Mariners (2009) and Boston Red Sox (2009).