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Mariners reach down to the Golden League for a center fielder

In a move that bears the fingerprints of new GM Jack Zduriencik, the Mariners have signed center fielder Steve Moss to a minor league contact.

No, the 24-year-old Moss isn't on the major league roster, but picking him up is an indication of two things.

First, Seattle's minor league cupboard is a bit bare in center.

And second, Zduriencik has a good memory - Moss was a 2002 draft pick of the Milwaukee Brewers, taken right out of high school.

Last year, he batted .299 for the Long Beach Armada and was, according to his manager - ex-Mariner Steve Yeager - the best center fielder in the league.

For the price of a minor league deal, why not take a look?

The current competition for center next spring figures to be Wladimir Balentien and Jeremy Reed.

Zduriencik, obviously, wants a bit more of a choice.

You can read a bit more about Moss and his 2008 season here.