Ramon Vazquez, once a promising young Seattle middle infielder, was signed to a minor league deal today by a Mariners team looking for a veteran backup.
Now 33, Vazquez was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates, cleared waivers and was signed to contract that will send him to extended spring training before he is assigned a minor league team.
Over the last three seasons, Vazquez appeared in 310 games with Texas and and Pittsburgh, with his best year coming in 2008, whenhe batted .290 with 18 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs and 40 RBI in 105 games with the Rangers.
Vazquez has played every infield position - 275 games at shortstop, 212 at third base, 165 at second and 11 at first base. A left-handed hitter is a career .254 hitter for the Mariners (2001), Padres (2002-04), Red Sox (2005), Indians (2005-06), Rangers (2007-08) and Pirates (2009.