First baseman Casey Kotchman has agreed to a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners, avoiding salary arbitration.
The news, first tweeted by MLB.com beat writer Jim Street, likely means Kotchman's deal is midway between what he was seeking in arbitration ($3.9 million) and what the Mariners were offering ($3.1 million).
Kotchman was acquired in trade from Boston - the Mariners sent utility player Bill Hall east - and is considered the primary first baseman for the team. A left-handed hitter, he may share at-bats a first with the right-handed hitting Ryan Garko, but that will be determined in spring training.
Kotchman, 27, has a .269 career batting average and is considered a solid defensive player. His signing means the Mariners will have no arbitration cases this spring.