Mariners Insider Blog

The long ball puts Mike Wilson on the Mariners roster - and Raul Ibanez gets a telephone call

Outfielder Mike Wilson, who's spent seven years in the Seattle minor league system, was added to the Mariners 40-man roster for the simplest of reasons.

"He's a tremendous power guy and we lack a little power," GM Jack Zduriencik said.

Wilson, 25, hit .276 with 26 doubles, two triples, 27 home runs and 84 RBI in 119 games for Class AA West Tennessee in 2008.

After a failed attempt at switch-hitting, Wilson is now a straight right-handed hitter.

Zduriencik was a busy man Monday - among the many telephone calls he made was one to free agent Raul Ibanez.

"I think Raul has earned a call from the new general manager," Zduriencik said. "It was a conversation of respect. I told him I knew a lot about him through mutual acquaintances - and he said he'd heard a lot about me, too."

The two didn't talk contract, just talked for awhile about the direction of the team.

"It was an introduction for both of us," Zduriencik said.